Thursday, January 30, 2014

The order of play is decided for the British-USA Davis Cup draw

The order of play for tomorrow's Davis Cup match between Great Britain and the USA has now been confirmed. The two countries has meet 18 times before including the first ever Davis Cup match back in 1900. The USA currently leads 11-7 and last lost to Britain in 1935. Putting that aside, Britain's chances of victory have increased after John Isner's withdrawal due to injury. Andy Murray leads the British team along with James Ward and Colin Flemming. In the draw for the American side is Donald Young, Sam Querrey and the Bryan brothers. 

The key to Britain’s win shouldn’t be on Murray’s shoulders but more so on Ward's. The British fans will be praying that Murray will follow expectations to win both of his singles matches and James Ward can reproduce his 2011 win over Sam Querrey again. It may be a tall order for the British doubles pairing against one of the best doubles players in the world. The tie will be played on a spectacularly build clay court at a baseball stadium in San Francisco.The order of play is the following:-

R1: Donald Young (USA) v Andy Murray (GBR) –
Faced each other on 3 previous occasions back in 2011 on hardcourt's. Murray leads 2-1

R2: Sam Querrey (USA) v James Ward (GBR) –
Have met once in 2011 at Queens. Ward won 36 63 64.

R3: Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan (USA) v Andy Murray / Colin Fleming (GBR) –
As far as I can tell these two pairings has never met before.

R4: Sam Querrey (USA) v Andy Murray (GBR) –
Has met 7 times before but never on clay. Murray has a encouraging 6-1 lead and in 4 of these matches a tie-break was played. This could be a nail bitter!

R5: Donald Young (USA) v James Ward (GBR) –
Never met before. 

British tennis fans can watch all the action on the BBC. The televised schedule is available here.  It is also being shown live on British Eurosport. 

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