Sport Andy Murray absence can't stop Great Britain as Jamie secures Davis Cup quarter-final
'GB can use Murray’s lowly ranking as plus'
Jamie Murray believes brother Andy's lowly ranking can be an advantage for Great Britain during their Davis Cup campaign in Madrid. Britain will face the Netherlands on Wednesday morning and then Kazakhstan on Thursday, with the winner of the group progressing to the quarter-finals of the new-look event.Andy is set to play in the Davis Cup for the first time since the 2016 semi-finals but is in the unusual position of being the singles number two, with Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund vying for the number one spot owing to their higher rankings.
Jamie Murray helped Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup as brother Andy sat out against Kazakhstan.
It was a make-or-break tie in the revamped competition, with GB knowing that only a win would keep them in the competition.
Andy Murray admitted after his win over Tallon Griekspoor in the singles match with the Netherlands yesterday was a struggle, with the former world number 1 lacking form and fitness after a month off.
Captain Leon Smith therefore opted to rest him for the tie with the Kazakh's with Kyle Edmund playing singles in his place.
Edmund took his match against Kazakhstan but Dan Evans lost again to leave the doubles team of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski to silence the noisy Kazakh brass band – and bank a team bonus of US$1m.
Andy Murray left out of Great Britain team for Davis Cup clash with Kazakhstan
Exhausted Murray won't face Kazakhstan after lengthy battle with Griekspoor as Kyle Edmund replaces 31-year-old Andy Murray has been left out of the team for Great Britain's crunch Davis Cup clash with Kazakhstan in Madrid.The former world number one looked sluggish as he required close to three hours to battle past 179th-ranked Tallon Griekspoor in Britain's victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday and admitted he is not in the best shape. © Reuters REUTERS/Susana Vera Kyle Edmund comes into the side as the number two singles player, with Dan Evans as number one.
Former British No.1 Edmund, who has dropped to world No.69, produced his best performance of a troubled season by beating world No.67 Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-3.
“My playing was good - the result shows that as well - but the performance was good,” he said.
But British No.1 Evans could not overcome a nine inch height disadvantage against 6ft 6 in Alexander Bublik as he went down 5-7 6-4 6-1 . The huge-serving Kazakh, who sent down a 133mph second serve, smashed his racket on the court in frustration after serving a big double fault on set point in the first set but recovered to blaze his way to victory.
Jamie Murray and Skupski combined to clinch the winning point against the Netherlands – and they repeated the feat against Kukushkin and Bublik in the doubles to win 6-1 6-4.
Edmund convincing for Great Britain
Kyle Edmund commenced Great Britain's crunch Davis Cup clash with Kazakhstan on a winning-note with a 6-3 6-3 victory in the opening rubber.Edmund wasn't part of the team's opening round against the Netherlands and came into the team as the No 2 singles player for this decisive clash.
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Group C winners Germany are dark horses for the tournament with Jan-Lennard Struff and Philipp Kohlschreiber backed by French Open champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies
“Germany is obviously strong,” said Edmund. “I think they haven't lost a match, I don't think. Their singles players are playing well.”
And the Germans are expecting the double Olympic champion to return to the British ranks.
“I know Andy Murray - I think he will play tomorrow” said world No.35 Struff. “They have a strong doubles team as well.”
Skupski sky high after Davis Cup adventure .
Debutant Neal Skupski relives his epic week in Madrid which saw Great Britain reach the semi-finals of the newly revamped Davis Cup. Liverpudlian Skupski was the find of the week for captain Leon Smith after he and partner Jamie Murray helped the side to the final four where they fell to inspired Spanish duo Rafael Nadal and Feliciano Lopez.Despite leaving Andy Murray on the bench for all but one match because of a lack of fitness, Britain came agonisingly close to emulating their historic success in 2015.
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