Great Britain began their 2014 Davis Cup run with a commanding 2-0 lead over historic rivals USA. British No. 1 Andy Murray began his team’s campaign with a straight sets victory over Donald Young – his 17th consecutive Davis Cup singles rubber win. It is the first time since 2002 that the Brits won a live rubber in a World Group tie. On that occasion it was Tim Henman who scored a 64 75 46 75 win over Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden.
Murray admit that while he has always enjoyed participating in the Davis Cup tournament and representing his country, he is excited at the opportunity to finally compete for the title for the first time in British history.
“I’ve never started a year in a Davis Cup where you can actually win the competition, so this year it’s obviously a little bit different,” said Murray, noting Britain is in the big-time World Group in 2014. “Every time I’ve played Davis Cup I’ve enjoyed it; I’ve played well. This is the 17th singles match I’ve won in a row, so it’s not like when I’ve played I haven’t been motivated.”
Following Murray’s fantastic opening round rubber, James Ward provided the upset of the day, when he defeated Sam Querrey t9 successfully provide Great Britain with a 2-0 lead over the USA heading into the second day of the tie. The world No. 175 came back from a 1-2 deficit to defeat the American No. 2 1-6 7-6(3) 3-6 6-4 6-1.