Over to you then, Boggo
by Caroline Cheese (U1647853) 20 September 2008
A comprehensive defeat for Ross Hutchins and Jamie Murray on Saturday means Andy Murray and Alex Bogdanovic must win their singles matches on Sunday if Great Britain are to avoid relegation into (deep breath now) Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group 1.
Redemption calls for Boggo, but is the 24-year-old ready to answer?As it was, in the succinct words of Jamie Murray: “We got our butts handed to us for an hour and a half.” An hour and 41 minutes to be precise. A crowd of about 9,000 (minus a small cluster of about 20 noisy Austrians) could find very little worth cheering about. Yes, Murray and Hutchins were struggling to provide inspiration, but perhaps a raucous atmosphere – for which Davis Cup is famed - might have helped them out of a hole and at least given the Austrians something to think about. But British tennis crowds seem forever entrenched in their Wimbledon ways.
Murray’s lack of confidence was evident for all to see on Saturday, the doubles world number 33 missing a host of routine volleys and failing to play the dominant role expected from the country’s number one doubles exponent.
So it is left to Andy Murray and Bogdanovic to pick up the pieces. Murray should beat Melzer on grass, although it is certainly not a given. That would leave Bogdanovic to play the deciding fifth rubber against Alex Peya, a player ranked two places below the Briton at 164.
“You have to be strong in your belief and sometimes he lacks that, so we’re going to keep on him.” Lloyd told BBC Sport. “I’m going to be kicking him a lot tomorrow if necessary.”
Redemption calls for Boggo, a man with a six-match losing streak in live Davis Cup matches, but is the 24-year-old ready to answer?
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