Andy Murray handed Great Britain the ideal start to their Davis Cup clash against the United States last night with a straight-sets demolition of Donald Young in San Diego.
The Scot showed no ill-effects from his Australian Open exertions and had no apparent problems adapting to the newly-laid clay at Petco Park as he raced to a 6-1 6-2 6-3 win.
Young, the world number 79 who replaced the injured John Isner in the US team, had no answer to Murray's game as the Wimbledon champion wrapped up victory in the first rubber of this World Group quarter-final.
Murray went into the match on the back of a run to the quarter-finals in Melbourne, still feeling his way back after surgery.
"It's important to get off to a good start," said Murray, adding that the court had played slower than during practice.
"It's still pretty slippy, it's tough to change direction."