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Jamie hoping Andy’s ranking helps progress

 

Jamie Murray
Jamie Murray

By Eleanor Crooks

Jamie Murray hopes brother Andy's lowly ranking can be a trump card for Great Britain as they prepare to get their Davis Cup campaign under way in Madrid.

Britain will hope to take advantage of a generous draw for the new-look event when they face the Netherlands this morning then Kazakhstan tomorrow, with the winner of the group progressing to the quarter-finals.

Andy is playing in the Davis Cup for the first time since the 2016 semi-finals but is in the unusual position of being the singles number two, with Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund battling for the number one spot courtesy of their higher rankings.

That means Andy will take on the weaker singles player from each nation.

Jamie said: "Obviously it's great for us to have Andy playing, that's always going to increase our chances of doing well against whoever we play. It's obviously a big advantage for us that he's playing at number two so hopefully we can use that to our advantage."

The change of format has reduced the number of rubbers in each tie from five to three, with the doubles now played at the end instead of in the middle.

Jamie has mixed feelings, saying: "It (doubles) is potentially more important because obviously it's two rubbers to win the tie but, equally, especially in the latter stages, it might not get played if the singles is 2-0."

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