Ward digs deep to hand GB a 2-0 Davis Cup lead over USA

06 March 2015 / 22:06

James Ward performed heroics to follow in Andy Murray’s footsteps and give Great Britain a 2-0 lead after the first day of action of their Davis Cup clash with the USA in Glasgow.

Murray, playing in Scotland for the first time since 2011, got the ball rolling as he broke world number 47 Donald Young’s serve seven times en route to a 6-1 6-1 4-6 6-2 victory.

However Ward found himself trailing John Isner two sets to none as the Americans threatened to level things up in the second match.

But the world number 111 dug deep and won the next three sets 6-3 7-6 15-13 to claim a memorable victory just three minutes shy of six hours.

"This is by far the best atmosphere I've ever been part of in the Davis Cup,” Ward said.

"I would prefer it if I didn't have to play these five-set matches all the time but the crowd was incredible and really helped."

And London 2012 gold medallist Murray was equally as delighted with the home support.

"I used the energy and emotion very well at the beginning of the match, extremely well,” Murray said.

"He didn't start the match well. He didn't play a good first game. But I had one unforced error in the first two sets. I can't say it was due to his bad play why it I was in that position (two sets up).

"I had a slight lull in intensity but I couldn’t maintain the intensity I had in the first couple of sets in the whole match, because it was tough.

"I was really happy with the way I played."

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