Murray brothers give Britain 2-1 lead against Japan
Andy and Jamie Murray joined forces in the doubles to give Great Britain a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup first-round tie against Japan in Birmingham. The Scottish brothers beat Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3 6-2 6-4 to leave the holders one win from a quarter-final place.
The British brothers did not face a single break point as they saw off Nishioka and Uchiyama in one hour and 53 minutes, taking their Davis Cup record as a doubles team to 5-0. There was little tension for the majority of the 9,000 crowd to endure as the home side overcame some solid early resistance to dominate. Both Japanese players are ranked outside the world's top 300 in doubles, in stark contrast to the world number two singles and doubles players across the net.
It was singles star Andy Murray who made the initial breakthrough with a return winner for a 5-3 lead and it was one-way traffic from then on. Two breaks of serve in the second set left Japan with a mighty task but they held their own in a tight third before Britain broke through at 44, Andy Murray sealing victory with an ace.
Andy Murray: "We know each other's games extremely well - so that helps. When the ball goes into a certain part of the court I know what shot he will hit and vice-versa. My strengths and his strengths make a decent team. It was a good win." Jamie Murray: "We played a great match from start to finish. We were very solid. It wasn't easy because they played some good shots and gave us some tricky moments." -