Friday, 18 September 2009

Murray wins opener in Davis Cup
















Andy Murray was made to work as he opened Great Britain's Europe/Africa Zone Davis Cup tie against Poland by beating Michal Przysiezny 6-4 6-2 6-4.
The world number three, facing an opponent 675 ranking places below him, was stretched by a mix of aggression and subtlety from Przysiezny.
But the Scot eventually prevailed after two hours and three minutes on court.
Dan Evans then lost to Jerzy Janowicz in the second rubber of a match his team must win to remain in Group I.
The Echo Arena crowd in Liverpool gave Murray an enthusiastic welcome as he made his first appearance since losing to Marin Cilic in the last 16 of the US Open.
The 22-year-old seemed untroubled by a wrist injury sustained at Flushing Meadows, but after capitalising on a couple of sloppy errors from Przysiezny to break in the third game, was matched the rest of the way in opener.
Przysiezny, whose biggest scalp so far this season was world number 154 Jiri Vanek, found his range with his drop-shot and Murray had to rescue three break points in the final game of the set before serving out.
After Przysiezny clung grimly to his serve in a protracted opening game of the second, Murray accelerated away with breaks in the third and fifth to move into a 2-0 lead.
The third game again proved crucial in the third set as Murray edged ahead and, after a brief wobble as he was taken to break point in the eighth, it proved enough for victory.
"It was the first time I have played Przysiezny. He started the match well, he has a big serve and was flashy off the ground as well," Murray told BBC Sport.
"It's a good start. It's Dan's first Davis Cup match so he needs plenty of support.
"He's got to go for it and he's got a chance of winning. I've been practising with him and he is hitting the ball well."
Injury permitting, Murray will return to action alongside Ross Hutchins in Saturday's doubles match against Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.
On Sunday, the reverse singles match-ups bring the contest at Liverpool's Echo Arena to a close.
The winner of the Europe/Africa Zone play-off will hold on to their Group I status while the losers will be relegated to Group II.
Match schedule:
Friday (starts 1200 BST):Murray beat Przysiezny6-4 6-2 6-4 Evans v Janowicz
Saturday (starts 1430 BST):Hutchins & Murray v Matkowski & Fyrstenberg
Sunday (starts 1300 BST):Murray v Janowicz; Evans v Przysiezny

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