Google Down the Line!: Davis Cup Chronicles: Murray + Melzer share war-of-words ahead of Davis Cup playoff

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Davis Cup Chronicles: Murray + Melzer share war-of-words ahead of Davis Cup playoff

A mini war-of-words has begun boiling between Great Britain's Andy Murray and Austria's Jurgen Melzer ahead of their battle in the Davis Cup relegation play-off this weekend.

The pair's last meeting was in the US Open third round where the Brit baller pulled out an epic 6-7 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1, 6-3 win after saving two match points - surely one of the highlights of the first week in New York.

During his country's Davis Cup presser Jurgen, who was admittedly devastated by the US Open loss, spoke about the pressure Andy must be feeling ahead of their meetup:

Andy isn't in an easy position because the whole country expects him to win the Davis Cup by himself. After playing such a great grand slam I imagine it would be tough to get your head clear and focus on the next one. It's a big one.

Britain want to be in the World Group so there's a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Let's see how he copes with that on the weekend.

Andy, however, was quick to counterpunch the Austrian's claims saying,

I don't think there's a lot of pressure on me. Jurgen doesn't have a particularly good Davis Cup record. I'm confident I'll be able to handle the pressure.

Ha - touché Andy! It does sound like Jurgen is still smarting from his missed opportunity in New York. But their playoff is happening at Wimbledon so the pressure will be on Andy to carry Great Britain into the World Group while the whole country watches.

Though I think he'll pull through just fine, I always appreciate a little dust up before Davis Cup!

(images via Getty)


  1. ah, it's the most wonderful time of the year... :D

  2. Haha, I gotta say, Juergen keeps up the big talk. IMO he's always had a pretty big mouth compared to his limited success on the tour.

    Just as of lately he managed to get better on the court as well. But don't get carried away Juergen - just remember the Austrian saying:

    Der Murray ist auch nicht auf der Nudelsuppe dahergeschwommen.

    Literally: Murray hasn't swum here in a noodle soup. LOL
    But kinda means: Don't you go underestimating him!

    Andy is the clear favourite - but of course I would love me some surprise! ;-)

  3. I don't really see the big dust up - just seems to be an honest response on Jurgen's part. There is a lot of pressure on Murray and it would be hard to refocus after the Slam.

    It'll be interesting to see how Rog and Rafa perform, as well.


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