It seems highly likely Andy Murray will play in the doubles with his brother, Jamie, on Saturday after trouncing Thanasi Kokkinakis in an hour and 47 minutes, then watching Dan Evans lose bravely to Bernard Tomic in four sets as Australia levelled a fascinating Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow.
Murray tried to avoid saying so after his 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 win in the opening match but the hint was strong enough. “It isn’t my decision. It’s up to the captain to decide that but I now have the option to be picked because this match was quick.”
Pressed further, he added: “I think everyone in the team wants to play, everyone wants to try to help where they can. The players have a job to do but we don’t make the decisions.”
The Murray brothers won the doubles against France in the quarter-finals, as well as Andy winning both his singles, and that came immediately after Wimbledon, where he reached the semi-finals. This time he has been able to rest after going out early at the US Open.
The dilemma for the team captain, Leon Smith – who already has gambled in picking 300th-ranked Evans in favour of the injured Kyle Edmund and the out-of-form James Ward – is whether or not to repeat his quarter-final formula. Certainly a packed Emirates Arena would appreciate it if the two Scots played together again. Australia
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