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Great Britain, France And Germany Sprint To Early Leads After Day One

Ward© Getty ImagesJames Ward fought back to upset Sam Querrey in five sets in San Diego, giving Great Britain a 2-0 lead.

ATPWorldTour.com provides a round-up of Friday's action in Davis Cup World Group first round ties.

UNITED STATES 0, GREAT BRITAIN 2
Petco Park, San Diego, U.S.A.

Andy Murray improved to a 17-1 record in singles rubbers for Great Britain after a comprehensive 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over American Donald Young in one hour and 38 minutes. Murray's only loss came to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, the recent Australian Open champion, on his Davis Cup singles debut in 2005. Young, who committed 55 unforced errors, is now 1-12 lifetime on clay in tour-level events. 

In the second rubber, World No. 175 James Ward rallied from an early deficit to stun Sam Querrey 1-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Ward demonstrated incredible poise to give Great Britain a 2-0 lead, in just his second tour-level match on clay and first since 2007. 

“I’ve never started a year in a Davis Cup where you can actually win the competition, so this year it’s obviously a little bit different,” said Murray. "Every time I’ve played Davis Cup I’ve enjoyed it; I’ve played well. This is the 17th singles match I’ve won in a row, so it’s not like when I’ve played I haven’t been motivated.”

The United States and Great Britain played the first Davis Cup tie in 1900. This week's tie is being held at Petco Park, home of the professional baseball San Diego Padres.

FRANCE 2, AUSTRALIA 0
Vendéspace, La Roche sur Yon, France

Richard Gasquet hit 19 backhand winners past 18-year-old Nick Kyrgios, who is playing his second Davis Cup tie, in a 7-6(3), 6-2, 6-2 win. "He's very good, very talented," Gasquet told reporters. "The first set was very important for me and after that I felt better on the court." Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, one spot behind Gasquet at No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, made it 2-0 to France after he hit 43 winners past Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, to win their first clay-court meeting 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(2). Hewitt has won 40 singles rubbers in 54 ties. Australia is competing in the World Group for the first time since 2007.

GERMANY 2, SPAIN 0
Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany

Germany is one rubber victory away from beating Spain for the first time since 1994. Florian Mayer converted one of his 10 break point opportunities against Feliciano Lopez in a 7-6(6), 7-6(4), 1-6, 5-7, 6-3 to give Germany a 2-0 lead. In the opening rubber, Philipp Kohlschreiber committed just 14 unforced errors in recording his 11th singles win for Germany. The World No. 27 won the first five games against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and eventually won 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

ARGENTINA 1, ITALY 1
Patinodromo Municipal “Adalberto Lugea”, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Argentina, the four-time former finalist, is level at 1-1 against 1976 champion Italy. Carlos Berlocq notched his fourth singles win with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Later in the day, Italy’s Fabio Fognini beat Juan Monaco for the first time in four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, in just over two hours. Argentina has reached the quarter-finals (or better) every year since returning to the World Group in 2002. On Saturday, Argentina’s Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos is slated to play against Simone Bolelli and Filippo Volandri.

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