Murray led Great Britain to the title past year, and he will open the trophy defense for the team against Japan on Friday. “Just some of my family are coming to watch”. I know he can play good tennis… he beat me, so he can play against top 10 players.
Evans also has a winning record against Nishikori having beaten him in straight sets on his way to the third round of the US Open in 2013 – the tournament that showed the enormous potential he possesses. After some well-deserved time off, the father-of-one is now starting to hit the courts once more, but he admits that he finds the long hours away from home to be a challenge.
However, the world’s top two players will go into their home clashes against Kazakhstan and Japan respectively this weekend with question marks over their fitness. I don’t remember much, but obviously I didn’t play good tennis that day.
The 21-year-old declared himself optimistic of being fit but was conspicuous by his absence yesterday as Evans practised with Andy Murray.
Evans and Daniel will follow Murray and Nishikori.
“You see a small person and you think they’re so fragile, or that their hands are so small that when you’re putting their fingers through their top they could maybe break”, said Andy. “He also has a lot of power in his forehand and doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm”.
You might think that, with the defence of Olympic gold looming over the horizon in August-and sandwiched as it is between two Grand Slams and two Masters tournaments-and growing accustomed to the changing rhythms of life with a baby, another Davis Cup campaign would be low on Murray’s list of priorities.
British fans will be hopeful that Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot can support Andy and hopefully edge the tie their way.
Murray arrives back on the tennis circuit well rested because he has yet to experience the sleep deprivation that many new parents suffer.
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year, who has not played for a month after the birth of his daughter, said: “I think one of the reasons I’m here this year is because I really want to try and do it again”.
He says he was initially skeptical about being able to play, “but I still have two days left to adapt to the light and other indoor conditions and hopefully I will be fine”. I’ve got better the last few years. I enjoyed every one of them, in terms of the atmosphere was great.
Bernard Tomic, the world 20, will play singles as will Sam Groth with Hewitt likely to only feature in Sunday’s doubles on the grass courts of Kooyong.
“But the best way to do that is not thinking that far ahead”, Murray added.
“We could lose this tie at the weekend”.