Murray: 'Why can't we win Davis Cup again?'

The Murray brothers, Andy and Jamie, are now 6-0 in Davis Cup doubles following a comfortable 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory for holders Great Britain over Japan duo Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama in Birmingham.

Fitting, given his heroics in inspiring Great Britain to its first Davis Cup title in 79 years last November.

Britain and Japan are tied at 1-1 after the first day of play at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena, with Murray easing past Taro Daniel 6-1 6-3 6-1 before Kei Nishikori withstood a fierce challenge from Dan Evans to win 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-3).

A quarter-final against either Serbia or Kazakhstan in July awaits the winners.

"We could lose this tie, it's a really tough match to win, they have a really, really good team".

"The good thing is that, honestly, even if he does feel that he doesn't want to play, we have got a very good guy in Dom Inglot ready to go as well so I am quite relaxed about it. He plays predominantly from the back of the court, sort of moves like the Spaniards, has spent a lot of time training over there, but we'll watch a bit more tonight". "He's ranked six in the world, so he's one of the best", said Murray.

"Hopefully I can play another good one tomorrow and seal the win", said Murray, who is scheduled to play Kei Nishikori - Japan's top player - in the first of the singles matches on Sunday.

The Czech Republic scraped past Germany 3-2, winning despite a hamstring injury which forced Tomas Berdych to quit his singles match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Nishikori, with his quick hands and quick feet, is a major talent and one of the very best strikers of a ball in the world.

British captain Leon Smith confirmed on Friday the plan was for Andy to play provided there were no ill effects from his first competitive match for more than a month.

"We stopped [practice] immediately to give it as much time to settle down as possible".

Khan fought hard, winning the third and fourth games in the first set, but Zhang went on to win the last two sets of the match that lasted for an hour and 52 minutes.

He was slightly slow to get getting going here but stepped up at the end of the first and start of the second set as Britain claimed a second successive break.

At four hours and 54 minutes, it was the joint-longest match of his career with the 2012 U.S. Open final against Djokovic, which he also won.

Andy Murray, the two-time Grand Slam singles champion, made the initial breakthrough with a return victor for a 5-3 lead in the first set.

But in a display of sheer bloody mindedness, the world No 2 found hidden reserves of strength to power his way back to victory in a mad final set featuring five breaks of serve.

Andy added: "I think we know each other's games extremely well so that helps". Fatigue looked to be taking over Murray's body and omens were not good when he dropped serve at the start of the fifth but he hit back with three games in a row.

The 23-year-old, whose father hails from California, is a big fan of Led Zeppelin and prompted laughter when he said he would like his entrance music to be their song Dazed and Confused. What he has done, considering that he hasn't played since the Australian Open, is astonishing.

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