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Andy Murray believes the Lawn Tennis Association should consider an alternative to a big-name captain as they seek the next leader of Britain's Davis Cup team.
John Lloyd's position as team captain will be reviewed as the Lawn Tennis Association launches an urgent inquiry into Britain's humiliating defeat by Lithuania in Vilnius at the weekend. It was a fifth successive defeat, the worst in British history, and leaves the country facing a play-off against Turkey to decide who will be relegated to Europe Africa Zone Group Three, the Davis Cup's lowest tier.
For more than a set and a half last night it seemed that Roger Federer was heading for a third consecutive defeat for the first time in more than seven years.
As tennis coaches go, they don't come much more prestigious (or, dare we say, photogenic) than Pat Cash.
Radek Stepanek, a 26-year-old Czech, fleet of foot and fast of hands, completed the double against the British No 1 at the Madrid Masters yesterday, though he rolled his head so much to ease the pain that it was a wonder it did not fall off.
Threat of Nadal snuffed out as assured American continues impressive form and remarkable recovery
Murray refused to give ground to Andrei Pavel, a 31-year-old Romanian with more guile than his three ATP Tour titles credit him with. Playing impressively measured strokes, Murray broke Pavel to love in the opening game and came back strongly after losing his own serve at 2-1 to break twice more for the opening set after 36 minutes.
The victory of the 18-year-old from Dunblane in Sunday's Comerica Challenger event in Aptos, California, made him the official British No 3 behind Tim Henman, the world No 11, and Greg Rusedski, the world No 40.