Andy Murray lost his Davis Cup singles debut today against Stanislas Wawrinka. Switzerland's no2 defeated struggling and inconsistent Murray out in three straight sets, 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-0 lead.
Wawrinka's agressive strokes left Murray one set down and the Scot later failed to grab a second set tie breaker after being 3-0 up. The third set was another thriller with Andy going up 2-0 but later his mistakes allowed Wawrinka to break back and win the match.
Afterwards, Federer said:
Murray should have won the second set so that cost him the match. It was also not easy for him because he was playing against the crowd too. We have not won yet but we are in a great position. It makes it an interesting doubles tomorrow and it is looking good.
MurraysWorld reporter, Kundalini said:
Win the key points and you win the match - it's one of those cliches that gets quoted again and again. But how else can you explain a match that finished 108 - 105 points?
At the crucial times, Wawrinka found a big serve, often kicked out wide, opening up the court so he could hit into the space or wrong foot Andy as he tried to recover. In constrast, Andy simply failed to get his first serve in play. Too often he was left defending second serves and the pressure eventually told.
Read Kundalini's full analysis here
Andy Murray will now play Federer in the doubles on Saturday where Britain must win to have any chance of entering the World Group.
- BBC Interview: Andy Murray
- BBC Interview: Jeremy Bates
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- BBC 2 12-1pm; BBC1 Grandstand 1-4.30pm
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