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Davis Cup - GB v Austria
Wimbledon, 19-21 September 2008

British and Austrian Davis Cup tennis players

Britain's crucial Davis Cup promotion tie against Austria begins amid unrestrained razzmatazz at a sun-drenched Wimbledon

Alex Bogdanovic

Pleasantries over, Britain's Alex Bogdanovic defies previous form to take the first set in his singles match against Jurgen Melzer

British tennis fans

Buoyed by Bogdanovic's early showing, British fans raise their voices - but Melzer stands tall to take the second set on a tie-break

Jurgen Melzer

Jurgen Melzer lets out a defiant roar as overpowers a rapidly-fading Alex Bogdanovic 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 6-1 to put Austria in control

Andy Murray

British number one - and now world number four - Andy Murray celebrates after taking the first set 6-4 against Austria's Alex Peya

Andy Murray and John Lloyd

Murray chats to GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd during break in play before easily closing out the match with Peya 6-4 6-1 6-3

Ross Hutchins and Jamie Murray

Ross Hutchins is called up for his second Davis Cup appearance, partnering Jamie Murray in the doubles on Saturday

John Lloyd

The pair lose the first set, and get a pep talk from captain John Lloyd as they look to recover against Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle

Melzer and Knowle

But the Austrians dominate at the net and from the back of the court, winning 6-4 6-3 6-1; Austria go 2-1 up

Andy Murray

Needing to win both Sunday's singles, GB suffer early worries as Andy Murray slips and slides in his match against Melzer

Jurgen Melzer

Melzer, despite losing the first set, plays some fine tennis in between the errors and grabs the second out of nowhere

Andy Murray

But Murray's superior all-court game and better fitness allow him to seal a victory in four sets, and the tie is left on a knife-edge at 2-2

Alex Bogdanovic

Alex Bogdanovic takes the first set in the deciding match against Alex Peya, amid signs that Great Britain could get out of jail

Alex Peya

But Bogdanovic's brittle game is exposed as Peya takes sets two and three, leaving Austria one set away from overall victory

Alex Bogdanovic

The Austrian races through the fourth set, taking it 6-2 to secure the match and the tie for Austria, as Britain are relegated to Group One

see also
GB level as Murray crushes Peya
19 Sep 08 |  Tennis

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