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Andy Murray Crushes Croat Teen Borna Coric in Davis Cup Clash

UMAG, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Andy Murray of Great Britain in action against Borna Coric of Croatia during day one of the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Croatia and Great Britain at Stadion Stella Maris on September 13, 2013 in Umag, Croatia.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2013

Andy Murray provided Great Britain with the ideal start to their Davis Cup World Group playoff clash with Croatia by cantering to a 6-3 6-0 6-3 win over Borna Coric.

Croatia drew level in the second singles match of the day, as Dan Evans slipped to a 6-3 6-2 6-3 defeat to Ivan Dodig.

It was a baptism of fire for Coric, given he is a mere 16-years-old. However, he is rated extremely highly and won the US Open junior title this month.

But he was up against the reigning Wimbledon champion and it proved too tough a task for the teenager.

@BritishTennis Well done @andy_murray giving us the lead in the #Daviscup - 1-0 up #CROvGB @Evo151216 next come on!

— glenys furness  (@glenysfurness) September 13, 2013

Murray, in what was his first Davis Cup outing in two years, was looking to pick himself up following his US Open disappointment earlier this month.

For six games, Coric matched Murray and he was roared on by a partisan crowd in Umag.

The youngster showed flashes of brilliance and in the opening game of the match the pair were involved in a 57-shot rally—three more than the epic point Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic served up in the US Open final.

Murray won that long point and it set the tone for the contest. The British No. 1 made the breakthrough in the eighth game—powering a forehand down the line to secure the break.

The second set proved one-way traffic with Murray racing through it with a bagel of Coric.

Coric steeled himself and held serve at the start of the third set. And in the fourth game the Croat whipped up the crowd by breaking Murray to move 3-1 ahead.

Murray did not let the lapse affect him and broke back immediately before powering through the remainder of the match to put GB&I 1-0 ahead—much to the delight of the travelling Brit fans.

"@SophThomas23: pic.twitter.com/VIajbS3KGq" I just high-fived Andy Murray. Best. Day. Ever. #DCNiners

— Jenny Smith (@jennysmith1511) September 13, 2013

 

Evans took on Croatian No. 1 Dodig, but could not contain his opponent as the home side drew level in the battle to reach the World Group.

The match is now tied at 1-1 ahead of the doubles that takes place on Saturday and the reverse singles on Sunday.

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