Following a win yesterday over Gilles Muller, Andy Murray looked ahead to next week’s home Davis Cup first round match against the USA, stating he’s excited play with brother Jamie against the all-time great Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, in the doubles tie.
“I think we played them a couple of times, obviously not before in Davis Cup,” Murray said. “And, yeah, obviously fun to play against them. They are for sure one of the best doubles team to ever play and great ambassadors for the sport.”
Andy and Jamie have played the Bryans once before losing to the Americans at 2012 Monte Carlo.
“I think Davis Cup for me is maybe easier than, you know, playing on regular tour events because in Davis Cup we aren’t playing, you know, for ranking points and money. You’re playing to win for your country. It’s not like I’m playing to help my brother out. I’m playing to help, you know, to try and win matches for the team.
“I do feel a lot of pressure when I’m playing with my brother in tour events just because if we lose in the first round he doesn’t make any money or a living that week, really. He will lose money. So I get nervous in those events. Whereas I think Davis Cup, you know, will be much easier to just go out and play, yeah, if we play together. I don’t know if that will be the case or not, because Dom Inglot’s played extremely well and beat the Bryans in Australia.”
The tie next week will be held in the 7,000 seat Emirates Arena in Glasgow. It’s Great Britain’s first home World Group tie since 1999.
The Bryans are 23-4 career in Davis Cup doubles ties.
Murray advanced to the quarterfinals today in Dubai after crushing Joao Sousa 60, 62. He’ll play Borna Coric tomorrow.
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