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Jamie Murray believes brother Andy needs to "let his guard down a bit" if he is to take his game to the next level.
Andy and Jamie Murray were knocked out of the ATP BNP Paribas Open doubles at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday night by Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse.
Beating arguably the weakest opposition Britain have ever faced in the Davis Cup should be kept in perspective, but James Ward had every right to be proud of his tie-winning performance against Tunisia here yesterday. Ward secured victory in this Europe Africa Zone Group Two tie by beating Malek Jaziri 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 after a gruelling encounter that lasted 15 minutes short of four hours.
First the bad news for Alex Bogdanovic. Yesterday's world rankings saw the Briton fall 86 places to No 378, his lowest position for eight years. The good news for the British No 6 was a recall to his country's Davis Cup squad for next week's Europe Africa Zone Group Two tie against Tunisia at Bolton Arena.
His close friend Leon Smith is the new team captain, but World No 4 remains reluctant to commit to Britain's cause
Five new names enter world's top 100, but search for next Murray goes on
Bob and Mike Bryan will bid for their second Wimbledon men's doubles crown tomorrow after beating Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman in yesterday's semi-finals.
The raw talent and mentality is demonstrably in place, but Laura Robson yesterday had a painful reminder that these assets must still be harnessed to her physical development. Still only 15, Robson surrendered her girls' singles title when a back injury contributed to her third-round defeat by Quirine Lemoine, of the Netherlands.
Smooth progress for both of Britain's No 1 players in build-up to Australian Open
It has been a long season and Jamie Murray has all but had enough. "I'm ready to stop for the year," the 22-year-old Scot said here yesterday after partnering his brother Andy in a 6-4, 6-3 defeat by Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra in the Madrid Masters. "The last couple of months have been quite hard. I've not won a whole lot of matches."
Great Britain will face Ukraine at home in Europe/Africa Zone Group I of the Davis Cup next year. Britain were included among the seeded nations for yesterday's draw in Madrid, giving them a bye past the first round of ties to be staged in March.
Alex Bogdanovic, who meets Jürgen Melzer here in today's opening rubber of Britain's Davis Cup tie against Austria, should be grateful to Patricio Cornejo. But for the 64-year-old Chilean, who lost all eight of his singles matches at Wimbledon, Bogdanovic would share with Russia's Andrei Chesnokov the worst record in the Open era at the All England Club. The British No 2 has been given wild cards for the last seven years and lost on each occasion, winning only three sets in the process.
Despite his status as a leading international sportsman, Marcos Baghdatis always had the appearance of a man who would order the moussaka rather than a horiatiki salata on a night out in his native Cyprus. This year, however, the 2006 Australian Open finalist looks determined to satisfy his hunger only while at work.
Judging by her broad smile and the high fives exchanged by her entourage you might have thought that Maria Sharapova had claimed her third Grand Slam title rather than a straight-sets victory over a lowly ranked veteran in the second round of the Australian Open. Lindsay Davenport, however, is not your typical world No 51 and Sharapova, after her annus horribilis in 2007, believes that good times are around the corner again.