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Murray cruises past Coric

ESPN staff
September 13, 2013
Croatian teenager Borna Coric was no match for Andy Murray © Getty Images

Andy Murray cruised past 16-year-old Borna Coric in the first rubber of the Davis Cup World Group play-off between Great Britain and Croatia.

The result moved Great Britain into a 1-0 lead before British No. 2 Dan Evans lost the second rubber in straight sets to Ivan Dodig, going down 6-3 6-2 6-3 as Croatia levelled the tie.

Great Britain are seeking to return to the elite World Group stage after five years in the wilderness, and Murray got them off to the perfect start with a straight sets win on clay in Umag.

The British No. 1 looked like he might be in for a tough time from the teenager on his least favourite surface, with US Open boys' champion Coric pushing Murray hard in a first set which included a 57-shot rally in the second game.

But Murray broke Coric in the eighth game before reeling off the next seven games to take a two-set lead, winning the second set to love. Coric managed to break Murray in the third set, but the Wimbledon champion ran out a 6-3 6-0 6-3 winner.

"The first five or six games were tough," Murray said. "I wanted to make the points long and make it challenging for him physically.

"Maybe I was trying to play with too much spin. Once I got the break, I won a few games in a row. I lost my concentration a bit at start of the third but saw it through. It was ok - it could be better.

"He was solid and fought for every point, and when he gets older and physically stronger he will be a much better player.

"Obviously it's difficult to predict just how someone's career will pan out, but he's the world No. 1 junior and his future is very bright.

"My back is a little but sore - the change of surface is difficult, but after a couple more matches I'll have some time to rest, so let's just get the win this weekend."

The match was Murray's first taste of action since Stanislas Wawrinka dumped him out of the US Open quarter-finals to end the Scot's reign as champion at Flushing Meadows.

Murray is set to return to partner Colin Fleming in Saturday's doubles, though Jonny Marray could replace either player.

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