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GB suffer Davis Cup doubles loss

Davis Cup - GB v Poland
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool Date: Saturday 19 Sept, 1430-1730/Sunday 20 Sept, 1300-1500 Coverage: BBC One/Two and BBC Sport website


Andy Murray

Highlights - Poland punish GB in doubles (UK only)

Andy Murray's involvement failed to stop Poland clinching a four-set win in the doubles rubber of the Davis Cup tie against Great Britain in Liverpool.

Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski beat Murray and Ross Hutchins 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-2.

The Polish pair played the key points better to give their side a 2-1 lead ahead of the final day singles.

The winners will hold on to their Group One status while the losers will be relegated to Group Two.

The British duo were a good match for their opponents in the early stages at the Echo Arena and earned the first break point in the fourth game thanks to a great Murray lob but Fyrstenberg held firm on his serve.

Captain Lloyd rues missed chances

Murray did not appear to be hampered too much by the wrist problem which had threatened to keep him out of the game, while doubles specialist Hutchins was dominant at the net but struggling on his returns.

The Poles, ranked just outside the world's top 10, fended off three break points in the sixth game and earned two on the Hutchins serve in the seventh but could not capitalise.

In the 10th game, however, Hutchins let a 40-15 lead slip and the Poles broke for 6-5, allowing Fyrstenberg to serve out the set.

The British pair swapped sides for the second set, with Murray returning from the advantage court and Hutchins looked more comfortable.

In the eighth game they achieved their first break of the match thanks to a Murray forehand winner to go 5-3 up and Murray levelled the match at one set apiece with an ace.

606: DEBATE

Despite losing the set, the Poles continued to look the stronger pairing and Murray had to save a break point early in the third set before the world number three was broken in the sixth game.

Hutchins also struggled on his serve and found himself break point down serving to stay in the set at 2-5, but although he held his nerve, Matkowski was rock solid on his serve to give Poland the third set.

Great Britain had a chance in the fourth set when they earned three break points in the fourth game but Poland won the next five points in a row to take the game and broke Murray in the next game to take a 3-2 lead in the set.

The Poles broke again to go 5-2 ahead and although the British pair rallied briefly in the next game on the Fyrstenberg serve, the Poles soon wrapped up victory.

Poland happy to beat 'great team'

The defeat means that both Murray and Dan Evans must win Sunday's reverse singles matches against Jerzy Janowicz and Michal Przysiezny respectively but captain John Lloyd is confident Evans can meet the challenge, despite his defeat in Friday's singles.

"It is Dan's Davis Cup debut and when it is all on you it isn't easy. He is a good player with a good spirit about him and he will be ready for it," Lloyd said.

"I always thought it might come down to the fifth match but hopefully Andy will be OK and can win the fourth match and then it will come down to the last game."

But Lloyd also admitted that the Polish pair's doubles experience proved key against Murray and Hutchins.

"I kept thinking we were going to find a way to get the breaks but we didn't take our chances," he said.

"You could see the difference with their pair playing doubles together week in and week out and that showed on the big points."


Match schedule:

Friday:
Murray beat Przysiezny
6-4 6-2 6-4
Janowicz beat Evans
6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-5)

Saturday:
Matkowski & Fyrstenberg beat Hutchins and Murray
7-5 3-6 6-3 6-2

Sunday (starts 1300 BST):
Murray v Janowicz; Evans v Przysiezny



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