Murray answers Davis Cup critics

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Andy Murray has hit back at John Lloyd after the former Davis Cup captain's criticism of him for missing the defeat in Lithuania this month.

The British No 1 sat out the tie after Britain's relegation to Europe/Africa Zone Group II. After going on to suffer the most embarrassing result in their history, Lloyd said: "Call me old-fashioned, but when is it a convenience, and not a privilege, to play for your country?"

"I can understand to a certain extent that everyone would like me to play because obviously we've got a better chance of winning," Murray responded. "But the last tie I played, I was injured and it set me back. I don't see John coming out and having a go at [Roger] Federer or Rafa [Nadal], the guys that don't play Davis Cup all of the time either. There needs to be a bit of perspective."