Great Britain is through to the Davis Cup quarter-final for the first time since 1986, and while these was a slight scare yesterday concerning Murray’s stomach virus, it appears the Scot is fit and ready to compete in the second rubber of the day. His opponent for the match is Italy’s Andreas Seppi, whom Murray holds a 5-1 record against in the head-to-head series. He will be looking for his fifth consecutive victory against Seppi when they step on out on the clay courts in Naples. Check out the Murray vs Seppi H2H matches.
British No. 1 Andy Murray gave his team and awful fright on Thursday, when it was revealed that he was ill and would not be coming down for the draw. While it appeared to be a bad situation, the GB team is confident that he will be 100% fit to perform, and assuming that is the case, he will be looking for an emphatic victory to give the GB team hope for a potential semi-final run. The 26-year-old Scot has yet to return to peak form following his back surgery last September, yet has shown promising signs, particularly last week in Miami, where he reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He will be looking to officially begin the clay-portion of his season this weekend in Naples.
World No. 34 Andreas Seppi is looking to claim his slice of Davis Cup glory on Friday afternoon, as he hopes to upset the British No. 1 and help secure a likely-decisive early lead against the GB team. The Italian has had a relatively poor season so far this year, as he currently holds a 4-8 losing record on the ATP World Tour.
This marks the seventh time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Murray leading the series 5-1. Seppi’s sole victory came in their first ever meeting back i 2006. Murray also holds a win over the Italian on clay, which should help boost his confidence for their match-up tomorrow. If Murray is indeed in top shape, this should be a relatively straightforward rubber for Great Britain.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets