Andy Murray secures Davis Cup win over Sebo Kiss
British No1 overcomes Sebo Kiss in straight sets in Glasgow as Great Britain take 2-0 lead
Andy Murray survived a third set stumble as he secured a 6-0 6-2 7-6 (7-3) victory over Sebo Kiss to give Great Britain a commanding 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie against Hungary in Glasgow.
The world No4 cruised through the opening set 6-0, dropping just seven points as he made light work of Kiss, once ranked 531st in the world in 2005, in just 17 minutes.
The memories of Murray’s 52-minute whitewash of Luxembourger Laurent Bram in July were all too apparent, but it was far from that simple for the British No1 as he came through in straight sets against the part-time player now more accustomed to law courts than a tennis court.
Although he might be a law student, Kiss held serve twice in the second set, which Murray won 6-2.
Murray’s early dominance, coming just a week after he bowed out to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the US Open, belied the fatigue which he had alluded to before the tie began.
“I started the match well and when he started to play better I started to make more mistakes,” Murray said.
“I had the chance at 5-3 to serve it out and at 5-4 I was 40-15 up and missed two break points. I thought he played very well in the third set.”
Despite a shaky third set, a Murray win was never really in doubt and the Scot took a 2-0 lead in the tie-breaker before running away with it 7-3 to wrap up the match in 91 minutes.
Murray was far from at his best and could have come unstuck against more testing opposition, but considering his recent exploits in New York the win was still satisfying.
Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins will take to the court in the doubles on Saturday afternoon, with a win guaranteeing Great Britain a return to the Euro/Africa Zone Group I for the first time since 2009.
And should Great Britain seal the tie with victory on Saturday, it is unlikely Murray will play a dead rubber on Sunday, with Glasgow-born Jamie Baker tipped to play in his stead.
Speaking after the opening day’s play, GB captain Leon Smith said: “Obviously, first and foremost, delighted to be 2-0 up. We’ve got a great shot in the doubles tomorrow, Colin and Ross are on great form, and I’m sure they’re going to do the business and wrap up the tie.”