Murray wins put Britain in control

Andover Advertiser: Andy Murray, right, and Colin Fleminggot the better of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli (AP) Andy Murray, right, and Colin Fleminggot the better of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli (AP)

Andy Murray helped Great Britain take control of their Davis Cup tie against Italy in Naples.

The Wimbledon champion brought Great Britain level at 1-1 when he swept aside Andreas Seppi 6-4 7-5 6-3 in a match held over from day one.

He then teamed up with Colin Fleming in the doubles to produce a 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-5 victory over Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.

It gave Britain a 2-1 lead going into Sunday's reverse singles, following Jamie Ward's defeat to Fognini in Friday's opening rubber.

Murray started his match against Seppi one set up and level at 5-5 in the second and wasted little time in strengthening his hold on the contest.

He took the opening two games of the day to move 2-0 up in sets before his opponent threatened to stage a comeback as he broke for a 3-1 lead in the third.

Murray, though, hit back, rattling off five straight games to seal victory in three hours and seven minutes.

On Thursday there had been doubt whether he would take to the court at all as he battled a virus, while the condition of the clay court caused problems.

However, Murray then teamed up with Fleming in the doubles.

The decisive break in the first set came in the eighth game after Fognini double faulted, then smashed long, before the Scot took over.

There was a scare in the opening set when Louis Cayer appeared to collapse at the side of the court. However, the incident involving Britain's doubles coach did not appear to be serious.

Britain broke in the third game of the second set following a Bolelli error - then in the seventh w hen Murray's return down the line was too good for Fognini.

However, Italy broke in the fourth game of the third set and saw it out to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

The fourth set was a see-saw affair, with Britain securing the fifth break of serve - and the match - by taking the third break point available.

Sunday's singles see Fognini take on Murray, while Seppi takes on Ward.

It is five years since Murray last faced Fognini in singles action, when the Scot was a straight-sets winner in Monte Carlo, and the world number eight has already turned his attention to plotting another victory over the Italian.

"I'll need to serve well against him," Murray said on www.daviscup.com. "He obviously plays very well from the back of the court when he is dictating the points.

"Getting free points on my serve will allow me to be aggressive on his service games. I think that's the weak part of his game. His serve is attackable, so I will need to serve well myself and put pressure on his serve by going for my returns."

Murray discovered he was dehydrated when asked to take part in a drugs test after spending 255 minutes on court on Saturday.

His recovery overnight will be crucial to Britain's chances on Sunday, with GB captain Leon Smith well aware exactly what the 26-year-old brings to the team.

"This is why we are so blessed to have Andy in the team," Smith said on www.daviscup.com.

"He's a fighter, he's a champion and you see over the last couple of days how much he brings to the team. His Davis Cup record is now pretty amazing when you look at it."

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