Davis Cup: Great Britain v Croatia as it happened

Dan Evans loses to Ivan Dodig after Andy Murray had given Great Britain the lead against Croatia in their World Group play-off.

13 September 2013 Last updated at 14:51 GMT

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    That is all for today though. Let's hope that Leon Smith can keep his men away from the Croatian burek, a kind of meat and cheese pastry that would be a welcome part of anyone's night-out diet, and deliver them back on court in sparkling form tomorrow.

    You will be able to get all the latest from Umag here on the BBC Sport website and on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

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    Tomorrow it is time for the doubles pairings to get their clay shoes dusty.

    Colin Fleming is, at the moment, partnered with Andy Murray for the match against Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic.

    Should Murray deicide to save his dicky back for a potentially decisive singles match against Ivan Dodig on Sunday, Jonny Marray will link up with Fleming.

    That will not weaken Great Britain's chances too much. Marray won the Wimbledon doubles title alongside Denmark's Frederik Neilsen in 2012 and he and Fleming pushed the Bryan brothers close in defeat at Flushing Meadows a week or so ago.

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    Ivan Dodig is up for this tie. In quite a big way.

    He strips off his shirt in celebration and bellows to the stands before exchanging high tens, fives wouldn't be enough, with his team-mates. Sixteen-year-old Borna Coric got a tap on the backside into the bargain.

    In football-ese this, despite the sunny weather, might be an increasingly 'difficult place to come' as the weekend wears on.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Evans 3-6 2-6 3-6 Dodig

    Ivan Dodig makes no mistake with this pair of match points. He comes to the net having forced Evans to do a little bit of baseline scuttling. The killer stroke was never needed. Into the net goes Evans to leave Britain level at 1-1 with Croatia at the end of the first day of their Davis Cup play-off.

    Evans 3-6 2-6 3-5 Dodig*

    Ivan Dodig urges more volume from his compatriots in the crowd as he puts away an easy overhead to bring up 15-40 and two match points. The Croatia fans will have to keep it canned for a little longer as another finely-judged leave from Dan Evans is followed by a sublime angled pass to save the second.

    Dodig will have the balls up his end in the next game though and there is some fresh fuzz for him to try and serve out with.

    *Evans 3-6 2-6 2-5 Dodig

    Ivan Dodig is grinding Dan Evans into the dirt like a used cigarette butt. The Croatian is still blasting down fiery service bombs as he holds to 15. Croatia just a game away from levelling the tie.

    Dan Evans
    DODIG BREAKS- Evans 3-6 2-6 2-4 Dodig*

    Umpire Henrik Molina jumps down out of his high chair to locate the mark left by a Dan Evans forehand. His investigations bring bad news for the Briton. It is wide and the loss of the next point leaves Evans two break point down.

    He saves the first but a backhand swat on the second lands wide. Dodig a break and two sets up. This rubber is almost melted for Great Britain.

    *Evans 3-6 2-6 2-3 Dodig

    There is a healthy British contingent in attendance at the Stadion Stella Maris. As well as various Union Jacked-up Brits soaking up the sun on the Adriatic coast, there is a full complement of Dan Evans' team-mates courtside. Andy Murray is up and hollering encouragement to his man, but this is not the game in which Evans turns the tide.

    Another Ivan Dodig hold keeps the set on serve.

    Evans 3-6 2-6 2-2 Dodig*

    Dan Evans stares at the ugly end of 0-30, but the Briton's top-spinning backhand has Ivan Dodig on the run and the Croatian's chipped defensive shot is six inches or so long. That was a brave leave by Evans who could have taken it on as a mid-court volley. Very shrewd.

    There are no more points for Dodig in the game as Evans continues to dig himself out of trouble and ties up the game.

    *Evans 3-6 2-6 1-2 Dodig

    An express train hold from Ivan Dodig who rattles through to love. The Croat still has a steely hold on his serve. Dan Evans needs to pull rabbits out of the racquet bag to turn this match around.

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    Cosimo Montagu: Shame not to see Dan continuing his US Open form, but we shouldn't forget Dodig is 35th seed to Dan's 149th.

    Evans 3-6 2-6 1-1 Dodig*

    Dan Evans is caught all flat-footed by a floaty Ivan Dodig return which drifts right up onto the baseline. The Briton was already on his way up court and his awkward attempt to reach back and scrape it up fails to leave him in a bit of bother at 30-30.

    Dodig plonks a couple into the net to let him off the hook though.

    *Evans 3-6 2-6 0-1 Dodig

    "The evidence so far in this match is that Ivan Dodig is just too good for Dan Evans," says BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the start of the game. Evans attempts to balance up the case a bit as he makes his way to 15-30 on the Dogig serve.

    But a flayed forehand a whisker wide from the Briton, followed by a successful visit to the net from Dodig, brings up 40-30. The Croat pounds away to close out the game and get on the board first in the third.

    Mike Henson taking over from Sam Sheringham after his fine opening stint on the live text buttons and levers.

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Evans 3-6 2-6 Dodig

    Evans goes 40-15 up on his serve, but is pulled back to deuce when Dodig gobbles up a second serve and an Evans smash lands long. Dodig curls a forehand into the corner and snaffles the set with a drilled backhand that has much too much juice on it for Evans. To win this match, Evans will now have to fight back from two sets down for the first time in his career.

    *Evans 3-6 2-5 Dodig

    Evans bounces his racquet in frustration and almost sends it flying into the crowd. Lucky boy - that would have been game over. Dodig is showing a ruthless streak here, slamming down his seventh ace to lead 5-2.

    Evans 3-6 2-4 Dodig*

    A few unforced errors are creeping in to the Evans game now as he gifts his opponent a 0-30 lead for the second service game in a row. Once again though, Evans shows fighting qualities as he wins the next three points before netting a backhand to take the game to deuce. Then, a fatal error from the Briton. At the net, he leaves a ball that looks to be drifting long only to wince as it catches the baseline. Dodig takes the break point for a 4-2 lead.

    *Evans 3-6 2-3 Dodig

    Evans is battling hard here, working up a fair old sweat in the afternoon heat, but Dodig just looks like he's one level above. The Croat has a bit of a moan to the umpire about an iffy call, but regains his composure to win the game to 30.

    Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "You should not underestimate what it takes to cling on against a foreign opponent on their home soil in an atmosphere like this. A set down might not look too clever, but I think that Dan Evans is playing pretty well."

    WHAT A SHOT!- Evans 3-6 2-2 Dodig

    Dodig unfurls an incredible curling, running pass to take Evans to deuce, but the Briton responds with some powerful first serves to cling on.

    Meanwhile, Andy Murray is back courtside after a shower and a shave to cheer on his team-mate. In case you missed it Murray earlier beat Borna Coric 6-3 6-0 6-3 for his 15th Davis Cup singles win in a row.

    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Sunday's match between Andy Murray and Ivan Dodig fascinates me because Murray doesn't seem comfortable in his body on this surface and Dodig is the sort of player that will relish that situation."

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    *Evans 3-6 1-2 Dodig

    Some old-fashioned chip and charge tennis from Evans catches Dodig by surprise and gives the Brit and opening at 15-30 on the Dodig serve. Once again though, Dodig is up to the challenge and he wins the next three points with ease for a 2-1 lead.

    Evans 3-6 1-1 Dodig*

    Much better from Evans as he opens up a 40-0 lead on his own serve. Dodig claws back the next two points but Evans keeps it together to snuff out the threat and win his first game in six.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: What has surprised and impressed me is how good Ivan Dodig has been at the net. This guy will not be a 'gimme' point for Great Britain against Andy Murray. Some people have presumed that Great Britain will walk this tie. I make them favourites, but only by a small margin. It is going to be a lot closer than people think.

    *Evans 3-6 0-1 Dodig

    Encouraging start to the second set for Evans as he wins the first point on the Dodig serve when the Croat's backhand lands long. Dodig responds but an Evans smash makes it 30-all for the first time on Dodig's serve. On to deuce, and Evans hits a return winner to earn his first break point of the match. Like all top players, Dodig responds to the danger and eventually holds with another booming ace.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: We have marvelled at Dan Evans's backhand volley in recent weeks, but it is that shot that has let him down in that final game and the speed with which that set slipped away may have rattled him.

    Ivan Dodig has turned up for this tie. There was every indication from that first set that he means serious business and Great Britain are going to have to work hard to suppress him.


    Can Dan Evans, buoyed by his US Open campaign, recover to win and put Great Britain firmly in control of this tie? Your thoughts are welcome on #bbctennis on Twitter or on 81111 on UK mobiles.

    GAME AND FIRST SET DODIG- Evans 3-6 Dodig

    Dodig really has gone up a gear here and Evans has no answer to his power as a succession of hammered returns clinches the first set for Croatia.

    WHAT A SHOT!- *Evans 3-5 Dodig

    Dodig is turning it on now, in front of his home crowd. A sublime volleyed winner, at full stretch, then two booming aces to take him to within a game of the set.

    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    Dan Evans got himself stick a bit on the baseline and when he gets pinned back he is only half the player.

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: You get the sense that Dodig muscled that game. He is the sort of player that modern tennis rewards. He is very much a grinder and I think that the Tour nowadays is a bit too weighted in that sort of player's favour. It is a little too much around legs than hands for my liking.

    Evans 3-4 Dodig*

    A Dodig return lands on the baseline and earns him the first break point of the match. A drilled backhand wins him the point - and the break - after 24 minutes of this pivotal second rubber.

    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    It is probably to Dan Evans's advantage that he is playing the second rubber. It means that Great Britain are on the board already and he can come out and swing a bit.

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    *Evans 3-3 Dodig

    Dodig holds easily again, the most eye-catching moment a graceful low backhand on one knee that fizzes about an inch over the net. Level pegging.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: Andy Murray isn't entirely comfortable on clay, complaining about his back after than first match. After what he went through early in the spring he keeps a pretty close eye on that and today's match against Borna Coric was one where he had nothing to gain and everything to lose.

    Andy has to hopefully try to keep his body together and compete on clay. He has got the game for it, and without improving on clay he will struggle to get to world number one.

    Evans 3-2 Dodig*

    Dodig slides across the court as if he were on skis to reach an Evans drop shot and contrive a winner. Evans holds his own from the baseline to move 40-30 ahead and takes the game when a Dodig backhand floats long.

    *Evans 2-2 Dodig

    Another relatively straightforward hold for Dodig, to 15, but I'm liking what I'm seeing from Evans in these early stages. He looks fit, quick and eager to chase down the ball wherever Dodig sends it.

    Evans 2-1 Dodig*

    Dodig is taking on the Evans serve early here, sitting deep but returning with interest to win the first two points. At 15-30 though, Evans shows lovely touch to land a disguised drop shot that has Dodig stranded behind the baseline. Then he works his opponent around the court to seal the game.

    *Evans 1-1 Dodig

    Dodig sends down some big serves to open up a 40-0 lead and completes an easy hold with a laced backhand past the wrong-footed Evans.

    Evans 1-0 Dodig*

    Nip and tuck in the early stages. At 30-all, Evans steps it up a notch, hitting deep and charging into the net to win the first point, then chasing down a drop shot and closing out the game with a backhand winner down the line. Dodig has never won a live singles rubber for Croatia by the way.

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    Here we go then, Evans against Dodig, both sporting some impressive 5 o'clock shadow. The Brit will serve first...


    GB captain Leon Smith on Dan Evans: "Dan has won a lot of important matches recently. But just as importantly he has really moved up a gear in terms of his workrate and his approach to the game."

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    Dan Evans is in the form of his life, having broken into the world's top 150 for the first time after getting to the third round of he US Open. But he faces a huge challenge against Dodig, who is the world number 35, and will be much more familiar with clay. Anyone give Evans a chance? Keep in touch with us via #bbctennis or 81111 on text.

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    While we're waiting for Evans and Dodig to come out, you can make your predictions for Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Next up is Dan Evans v Ivan Dodig and they are due on court in around 20 minutes. We'll take a short break and will be back for full live text commentary on that rubber. In the meantime, Radio 5 live sports extra are still going strong discussing all things tennis.


    Andy Murray: "I thought the first five or six games were tough. I wanted to make the points long and challenging for him physically. Maybe I was trying to play with too much spin. Once I got the break, I won a few games in a row. I lost my concentration a bit at start of the third but saw it through. It was ok - it could be better.

    On Coric: "He was solid - he didn't make many mistakes. The future is very bright for him."

    On his back injury: "My back is a little but sore - the change of surface is difficult, but after a couple more matches I'll have some time to rest, so let's just get the win this weekend."

    Captain Leon Smith (right) and Andy Murray
    Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent

    "Coric did have a smile on his face for a lot of the match and he showed us what a talent he is. The first and third sets were very competitive."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Murray 6-3 6-0 6-3 Coric

    Coric seems resigned to his fate as he lazily loops a forehand long. Three match points for Murray - both saved by the plucky 16-year-old. Another drop shot gives Murray his fourth match point, and he takes it this time when Coric goes long. High fives all round for Team GB - their first point is in the bag.

    Murray 6-3 6-0 5-3 Coric*

    This has been a much more competitive set than the second, and once again Coric has a sniff at 30-30 on the Murray serve. The Croat screams in frustration as his backhand crosscourt lands wide and Murray doesn't give him another look-in.

    Murray* 6-3 3-0 4-3 Coric

    Coric celebrates a smashed winner as if he's won the lottery. He leads 40-30, much to Murray's frustration. The Scot fights back to earn a break point, which he wastes with a netted backhand. Another break point, and no mistake from Murray this time. A backhand winner gives him as potentially decisive 4-3 lead.


    Death Ape Disco: Did Borna Coric tank the second to get some gas back for the third?

    Murray 6-3 6-0 3-3 Coric*

    Murray is back on Easy Street, holding to love to level things up in this third set. Lo and behold, the back doesn't seem to be troubling him any more either.

    *Murray 6-3 6-0 2-3 Coric

    Hang on - Murray is feeling his back now. Is this match about to take a huge U-turn? At 30-all, Murray pushes a backhand wide. One point away from a 4-1 lead for Coric now.... but Murray spanks a winner. What next? A huge stroke of luck as a net cord favours Murray to give him a break point. Coric saves the first, but loses the second as Murray strikes a return winner.

    WHAT A SHOT!- Murray 6-3 6-0 1-3 Coric*

    Sensational from Coric as he somehow reaches a Murray drop shot and scoops it for a crosscourt winner at an impossible angle. Murray goes long, and suddenly, the Croat has two break points. Murray saves the first, but when the ball sits up for Coric, he seals the break with a forehand winner down the line. A double-fist pump and a scream - game on!


    Scott from Edinburgh: He's played a great 45 minutes v Murray. Next year he plays a great 55 minutes, then the following year a great 65 minutes - by the time he's in his mid 20s he's a worldbeater. If Coric were a company you'd definitely invest shares in him. Well done lad.

    Murray* 6-3 6-0 1-2 Coric

    Real signs of a second wind for Coric as he tears around the court to go 40-15 up his serve. A Murray backhand drifts wide. It's 2-1 to Coric.

    Murray 6-3 6-0 1-1 Coric*

    A nonchalant forehand volley and an ice-cool drop shot are the highlights on the road to another straightforward Murray hold.

    Murray* 6-3 6-0 0-1 Coric

    Double-bagel for breakfast for Coric? No, and emphatically no, as he serves out the opening game of the third set to love to end a run of nine games to Murray.

    Borna Coric serves

    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson: "In the context of this tie, Croatia will wonder if they can go with Coric if it goes to a fifth rubber. I suspect they will think they need more experience."


    DeathApeDisco: Coric will have learned so much taking on one of the best in the world. Murray ruthless with his strategy.


    Will from Cambridge: Where was this forehand from Andy Murray during the US Open?!

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Murray 6-3 6-0 Coric*

    Coric pumps his fist as Murray misses a backhand for 30-all. Murray then shows tremendous speed to reach a drop shot and whip it across his opponent to earn a set point. A sliced drop shot of his own gives Coric no chance and the set is in the bag.

    Great Britain fans
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson: "We did think once the first set was over Coric would run out of puff. Andy Murray is giving him a masterclass now."

    Murray* 6-3 5-0 Coric

    Murray booms a forehand crosscourt winner to bring up three break points then cements the advantage with another effortless winner. The Briton will now serve for a two-set lead.

    Murray 6-3 4-0 Coric*

    Murray - 10 years his opponent's senior - narrowly misses with a backhand overhead to give Coric a glimmer at 30-all. Murray wins the next point but a meaty return from Coric takes us to deuce. A brilliant top-spin serve that rears up around Coric's throat like a Curtly Ambrose bouncer wins Murray the game.

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    Shall I just tell you when Murray loses a point?

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson: "Poor old Coric is starting to look tired and agitated now, flinging his arms in the air. But what a great 45 minutes he played - he went toe to toe with Murray."


    Britain's Dan Evans, who faces Ivan Dodig next: "Time to get ready."

    Murray* 6-3 3-0 Coric

    Coric connects with a smash to win his first point in a while and raise a cheer from the home fans in the crowd. But a fluffed drop volley gives Murray two break points and the British number one dismissively dispatches a forehand return to win his sixth game on the bounce.

    Murray 6-3 2-0 Coric*

    It really is starting to look like man against boy out there, with Murray making his greater strength pay and Coric visibly tiring. The Croat dumps a forehand into the net then loops one way long to give Murray an easy service hold.

    Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent

    "This possibly is going to be the pattern you're going to see. Andy is supremely physically fit and it will be difficult for a 16-year-old to keep up."

    Murray* 6-3 1-0 Coric

    Ominous as Murray lands a forehand pass to go 30-0 ahead on the Coric serve. Two more passing shots, one off each wing, secure an early break. This could all be over very quickly now...

    Andy Murray
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    Bit of a half-time pause here, which will be a welcome relief for Coric after a draining 53-minute first set. Meanwhile, there is some dodgy Euro-pop blaring through the loudspeakers to keep the crowd happy. Coric will serve first in the second set - a very important game for the young Croat.

    Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent

    "This is why Murray will go and train three times a day throughout the winter. It is a psychological reinforcement - he knows sooner or later he is going to have the edge physically."


    Simon Heap: Coric looks great! Remember the old concern of the negative health effects of top-flight tennis on young bodies? Austin, Hingis...

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Murray 6-3 Coric*

    The door is open for Murray now and he jumps through it two-footed, serving out the set to love to prompt plenty of Union Jack-waving among the sun-burnt holiday-makers in the crowd.

    Murray* 5-3 Coric

    Murray's tactics are clear - he wants to tire out a youngster who has never played a five-set match before. There are signs that the strategy is working as Coric makes a couple of unforced errors to fall 0-40 down on his serve. Murray lashes a forehand return down the line to finally break serve after 46 minutes of this opening Davis Cup rubber.


    Cameron Fawcett: How good is this Borna Coric going to be? 16 and matching Murray in most departments!

    Murray 4-3 Coric*

    I must admit when I saw Coric was picked, I assumed it was a bit of a romantic whim on the part of their captain, a bit like when Sven picked Theo Walcott for the 2006 World Cup. At the moment, it appears to be anything but. Coric is standing up to everything Murray is throwing at him and giving as good as he gets. Murray is in danger on serve again at 30-30, but pulls out the big guns to hold for a 4-3 lead.


    Andrew Neill: Murray is facing a lot of break points. Needs to get the service games flowing more smoothly.

    Murray* 3-3 Coric

    His backhand may have been solid, but Murray's forehand is a little off today, and two wayward swings gift Coric a 30-0 lead. Murray finds his range to take the game to deuce, but Coric has the courage and conviction to hold on. The kid is showing extraordinary maturity out there at the moment.

    Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent

    "Murray's backhand has been pretty solid, changing the direction of the ball nicely and catching out Coric a couple of times."

    You can listen to live audio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Murray 3-2 Coric*

    Murray wins his 10th successive point on serve with a drilled backhand down the line to go 40-0 up, but Coric middles a return with a lusty double-hander then lands an immaculate drop-volley to fight back into the game. Two Murray misses and Coric has a break point, but the Briton saves it with a sliced drop shot and doesn't falter again as he buries the game with a forehand winner from mid-court.


    Dan: Do this boy's teachers know why he isn't at school today?

    Murray* 2-2 Coric

    Both players are gasping for breath as they scamper around the clay in the mid-morning sun, with Murray doing his best to impose himself on the young pupil but dragging him around the court. But Coric eventually holds serve as Murray misses an backhand overhead, and we're all square.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs: "Andy will be surprised by how few freebies he is getting - he is having to earn every point. There is nothing easy coming from Coric's side of the net. Whether the 16-year-old can maintain this intensity is the question."

    Murray 2-1 Coric

    Bit of an epic fourth game here. Murray has missed three break points and we are into a succession of deuces...


    Chris, West Hampstead on text via 81111: Re Tennis World Cup, Piers Newbery did a piece on this a couple of years back. A huge majority of us wanted a 2-3 week World Cup. A focal point for tennis that means the tennis fans get their dream competition, while the 'armchair sports fan' knows which country is the best in the world? Yes please.

    Murray 2-1 Coric*

    Murray seems to be settling into his rhythm as he lands a few first serves and rounds off a love game with an ace wide of the lunging Coric.


    James Wheel on Twitter: "I would love to see a tennis world cup. Think we'd actually stand a chance of winning something as well."

    Murray* 1-1 Coric

    I'm told that rally in the first game was 57 shots, so three more than Nadal v the Djok. Coric is not a tall man (boy) but he has a quick, whippy serve and he comfortably holds to 15 as Murray nets a backhand. Coric raises a fist to the ground. We've got a match on here, folks.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "We saw 54 shots in the Nadal v Djokovic final but that rally was about the same, if not more. I couldn't count them - there were too many - but I think I saw Andy give Coric a look as if to say 'I won't be underestimating you any more'.

    Murray 1-0 Coric*

    Murray, serving first, looks a touch rusty early on as he sends a forehand long and finds himself break point down. Then, a quite extraordinary rally ensues, with the players trading blows for what feels like an age before Murray finally slams a winner down the line. Murray wins the next two points to hold serve, but if anyone had any doubts about this kid's credentials, I think they have been well and truly dispelled.


    Daniel George Broda on Twitter: RE 09.45: My dad was never like that, I've only just won my first tennis match against him two weeks ago at the age of 23.

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    Andy Murray v Borna Coric

    The two players are out on court now - Murray in white and the baby-faced Coric in red. There is a healthy showing of British fans in this small seaside stadium, meaning Murray should get plenty of support. Service practice now - we're almost there...

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    Murray is making his first Davis Cup appearance for two years, but he's sparked a right old debate in the build-up to this match by suggesting that the competition should be mandatory for all players. Personally, I'd go even further than that - I'd stage it as a World Cup style knock-out event in one country in the space of about three weeks. All the best players in the world in one place, competing for their countries. What's not to like? Send in your views via Twitter on #bbctennis or via text to 81111.

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    Heart-warming scenes in sun-drenched Umag - a picturesque town on the Adriatic coast of Croatia - as the national anthems are tunefully sung by a local woman strumming an acoustic guitar. Meanwhile, BBC 5 live sports extra are just slamming down their first serve, so tune in if you want to listen to live commentary from Russell Fuller and the team.


    BBC Sport tennis reporter David Law: On the day that Great Britain takes on Croatia in Umag, the greatest tennis player from the host nation - Goran Ivanisevic - turns 42.

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    Murray against Coric is the first match in the World Group play-off between Great Britain and Croatia on the clay courts of Umag. Britain has not competed at the elite level since 2008, when they qualified after beating Croatia 4-1 at Wimbledon. Dan Evans, fresh from his ground-breaking run to the third round at Flushing Meadows, will play Croatia's number one Ivan Dodig in the second match.

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    Yes folks, Coric is the 16-year-old who is making his Davis Cup debut for Croatia five days after winning the US Open boys' singles title. He's never played Murray before. In fact he's never played a five-set match before, and doesn't sound overly confident about his chances of upsetting the British number one. "I don't think I can win - only if he injures himself," said Coric last week.

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    Any fellow dads out there?

    You know that feeling you get when you are playing your child at sport, and you have to suppress all your competitive instincts? Every ruthless urge must be overcome as you take on the role of a hapless clown who misses open goals, serves up gentle full tosses or pats the ball over the net with about as much aggression as you would show when stroking a puppy.

    Well, British tennis fans had better hope Andy Murray doesn't come over all paternal when he takes on Croatian wonderkid Borna Coric in the Davis Cup this morning.

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