Murray and Fleming help GB seal Davis Cup whitewash
Andy Murray and Colin Fleming's straight sets wins gave Great Britain a resounding 5-0 win over Hungary
Wins for Andy Murray and doubles specialist Colin Fleming sealed a 5-0 whitewash for Great Britain over Hungary in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Glasgow on Sunday.
British No1 Murray made difficult work of Hungarian No4 Gyorgy Balazs, eventually coming through 7-6 (7-3) 6-3, before Fleming produced a spirited effort to defeat Sebo Kiss 6-4 6-3.
Murray looked out of sorts at times in a match which lacked the intensity usually associated with the Davis Cup, but despite committing several errors, the world No4 still had too much quality for his Hungarian opponent.
The Scot, who last week reached the semi-finals of the US Open, chose to play in the dead rubber in front of a capacity crowd at the Braehead Arena, but admitted he was fatigued.
“I think it was the right thing to do and I wanted to try and play, but when I got out there I didn’t feel great,” Murray said afterwards. “I’m just happy I won the match.
“I’m tired and my body’s hurting. When you’ve already won it’s in a way like a glorified practice match because you don’t get anything extra for winning and right now I need to rest.”
As with the opening day, Murray was again overshadowed by his team-mates, as Stirling University graduate Fleming won his first-ever Davis Cup singles rubber.
Fleming’s prowess on the singles court is not as revered as his doubles play, but the Scot enjoyed the challenge as he helped Great Britain return to Group I for the first time since 2009.
“I absolutely loved it,” Fleming said. “It’s a really proud moment for me to come and play singles in the Davis Cup. I know it’s a dead rubber but to come and play in Scotland, in Glasgow, it’s great.
“The points are much longer, it’s physically a lot tougher, but I try to keep myself in shape and play singles when I’m on the road, and I think I did pretty well.
“Credit to him [Kiss] because these dead rubbers can slip by without much event but I tried to put on a good show and play the best tennis I could, and so did he.”
Paying tribute to his home crowd during his impressive straight-sets victory, Fleming said: “Thank you everyone. You made it really special.”
Great Britain captain Leon Smith said: “I am really proud of the guys and the whole backroom team. It was really hard work but a good weekend. I thought today was excellent. Even though it was dead rubbers, it was a really great atmosphere.”
Great Britain will discover their opponents in Euro/Africa Zone Group I on Wednesday, when the draw is made at 1230BST.