DAVIS CUP 2011
Murray Serves Up Triple Bagel In Davis Cup Action
by ATP Staff|
World No. 4 Andy Murray triple-bagelled his opponent, Laurent Bram, in Great Britain’s 4-1 win over Luxembourg in a Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group Two tie this past weekend in Glasgow. It marked the fifth time a Briton had won a Davis Cup match 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, and the first since Alan Mills defeated Luxembourg’s Josef Offenheim in 1959.
Such was the one-sided nature of the contest that The Guardian wrote, “There was a good case to be made for calling off Andy Murray’s 52-minute slaughter of poor Laurent Bram on humanitarian as well as aesthetic grounds”.
Murray, making his first appearance since the Wimbledon semi-finals, admitted: “I didn’t feel sorry for him out there. Nobody feels sorry for me when I lose. I just wanted to win as quickly as possible and then get off. I’ve played a lot of tennis lately.”
The match was not only Murray’s first in Davis Cup action since September 2009, but also marked an emotional return home.
“It’s nice to be back in Scotland," he stated. “I’ve not been back for 18 months. The support’s been great. My Grampa is a pretty strong critic. He doesn’t like many mistakes, so I hope he was happy. You want to win as quickly as you can. It was tough for [Bram]. He doesn’t play that many tournaments any more.”
Bram, who had reached a career-high ranking of No. 996 in 2006, hadn’t played a competitive match in three years.