Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Davis Cup Preview- USA vs. Great Britain

Andy Murray vs. Donald Young:  After Murray reached the finals of the Australian Open, it looked like he was back to where he was in 2013.  However, he's been in poor form lately and has recent losses to Gilles Simon and 18 year old Borna Coric.  If he's still in his post Aussie Open funk, Donald Young could give him trouble.  Young's been having a great season so far, and just reached the finals of Delray Beach.  Despite Young's drastic improvement over the last few months, this match will still be in Murray's hands.  In a best of five set match, its hard to imagine Murray doesn't find his good form at some point.  Donald Young will put up a better fight than many people think (especially those who haven't been paying close attention to his season) but Murray should get the victory in four sets.

James Ward vs. John Isner: Neither Isner nor Ward are off to good starts in 2015.  Ward did have a respectable 2014 and shouldn't be overlooked (particularly after last year's Davis Cup) but people shouldn't be unreasonable in building him up.  Ward is ranked outside of the top 100, and has no top 100 wins so far this year.  Picking him to beat Isner is a major stretch, even given Isner's recent form.  After Ward's upset over Querrey last year Isner will be sure not to overlook this match, and should get the victory in 3 or 4 sets.

Bryan Brothers vs. Murray Brothers:  The biggest question here is why the Murray brothers were apparently chosen to represent Great Britain in this doubles match (barring a change).  Dominic Inglot is on the British squad, and has already beaten the Bryans brothers twice this year.  Failing to play Inglot seems like a huge strategic error, and makes Britain look like they are just seeking publicity by playing their own set of brothers.  Andy Murray has only had one good doubles tournament in the last three years, and the smarter choice would be to pair Jamie Murray with Dominic Inglot.  Assuming its an all brothers matchup, the Bryans should prevail fairly easily. 

John Isner vs. Andy Murray:  Isner has never beaten Murray, though he did take him to a third-set tiebreaker in Cincinnati last year.  If Isner's serve is on he's certainly capable of giving Murray trouble, but its hard to see Isner pulling this one out.  Murray's great defense and anticipation should be enough to neutralize the American's power, and he will likely get the win in 4 sets or less.

James Ward vs. Donald Young:  When these two played on grass in Eastbourne last year, Young won easily in straight sets.  While it can be difficult to determine how much weight to give a result on grass, the result shouldn't be any different this time around.  Young is having the much better season of the two, and will be confident based on their previous meeting.  Stranger things have happened in Davis Cup before, but don't be surprised if Young wins this one without dropping a set.

Final Result: 3-2 United States

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