The Euro/Africa Zone Group Two second round is a relative  backwater of the Davis Cup and there are far greater stages for world no.4 Andy  Murray to get emotional but tears of joy flowed from the Scot after showing  three full houses of his Caledonian compatriots what a tennis force he can  be.

Clearly touched by the support shown at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena,  Murray was overcome at the completion of his 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Gilles  Müller, the world No 81, which set up a home tie against Hungary in September in  which victory for Great Britain would secure promotion back to the Group One of  the Euro/Africa Zone for 2012, potentially alongside nations such as the  Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia.

All Murray was asked for was a word  on the extent of the local support and he momentarily lost his composure. There  was not a hint that that would happen on the court, as he lost only four points  on his serve in three sets of genuine tension. There was no doubt that,  throughout the tie, Murray donned the mask of serious intent, so much so that  when he was allowed to take it off, he could not contain all of his  emotions.

“I was not expecting that to happen but it did, “ said Murray. “I thought it was a really good match with a good atmosphere. Davis Cup is just  different to all the other tournaments you play during the course of the year  and I think that showed today.

“There was a desire on my behalf to do my  best and really play well. It would have been very easy after Wimbledon to come  here and have a bit of a let down. It’s happened to me in the past and I didn’t  want it to happen again. I trained well in the build up, felt good moving on the  hard and today was a great end to a long spell.”
 
Murray will now take  things easy for a week or so and then begin an intensive training schedule in  Miami to make sure he is in top condition for the defense of his Rogers Cup  title in Montreal (beginning August 8) before the second Masters 1000 event of  the summer in Cincinnati and then the US Open.
 
“It was the last match I  will play for four or five weeks until I begin Montreal,” he said. “So it was  nice to finish on that note and it makes a big difference for me to play in  Scotland. I don’t the chance very often and it’s the first time in a long time I  have played up here. I was beginning to think I was jinxed with ties up here in  Glasgow.

“Five years ago when we played Serbia and Montenegro here at  Braehead, I was really ill and could only play the doubles. Then a few years  later we played Ukraine here and I came back from Dubai so sick that I lost  loads of weight and couldn’t play at all. I’m just glad everything was OK this  time.”

Once again Murray provided an exemplary performance from the  service line against Muller, allowing his opponent only four points from his own  delivery throughout the one hours 46 minute win. The British no.1 was determined  that nothing less than a five-star performance to round off his first Davis Cup  tie in 22 months would do and he said: “ I played well, I served well and was  moving well.

“I chased every ball down and made it really difficult for  him from the start. By the middle of the second set, he didn’t have any tactics  left and played quite a
lot of drop shots. I knew I just had to stay tough from  there, make him play a
lot of balls and return well. I served quite a lot of  aces and high percentage
of first serves. All in all it was a good win.”



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