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    Murray/Murray 4-3 Nishioka/Uchiyama*

    Great Britain fan

    The Murray brothers are looking rather assured. Oh, hang on....they were looking rather assured.

    Jamie's turn to serve, the left-hander helping tee up a 40-0 advantage. But then the Japanese pair storm back to wipe that put and force deuce. Uchiyama's slices a forehand wide of the tramlines, before Jamie crashes down a delicious outswinging serve that cannot be returned successfully.

    Panic over.

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    *Murray/Murray 3-3 Nishioka/Uchiyama

    Comfortable stuff from the Japanese pair, whose serve has not really been threatened by the two Scots. Even steven.

  3. 'Andy is getting his eye in'

    Miles Maclagan

    British tennis coach on Radio 5 live sports extra

    Andy Murray

    "Another nice quick hold for the British pair to add pressure as their opponents spend all their time trying to hold serve. You feel with Andy getting his eye in, once Jamie can nick a few points they should get the breakthrough."

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    Murray/Murray 3-2 Nishioka/Uchiyama*

    Jamie Murray and Yasutaka Uchiyama become embroiled in a personal duel, the Japanese player trying to dent Murray's defence at the net at 40-0. He can't. 

    Murray volleys back everything thrown at him, with one of his returns eventually evading his opponent. "Out!" comes the call. Murray isn't convinced, challenges and is proved right. Another hold for the Brits.

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    *Murray/Murray 2-2 Nishioka/Uchiyama

    Uchiyama, slightly rangier than his colleague, steps forward to give Japan advantage, but Nishioka's woeful lob is snaffled by Andy Murray.

    But the Japanese pair put that blip behind them to rattle off a couple of points and hold their serve.

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    Murray/Murray 2-1 Nishioka/Uchiyama*

    Roy and Mary Erskine

    Jamie Murray grimaces as he spoons a volley skywards. That puts Japan on the brink at 40-0, only for the Brits to fightback for 40-30. A chorus of 'Ole, ole, ole!' goes up, then the home fans cheer again when Andy Murray's backhand volley forces deuce....

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    Murray/Murray 2-1 Nishioka/Uchiyama*

    The right hand of Jamie Murray clutches the ball for the first time, before tossing up for his first service game. No drama here for the elder Murray. The British pair lead 40-15, with Jamie springing forward to the net to build a Murray wall that their Japanese opponents cannot break down. Nishioka drills a fierce return into the net on the decisive point

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    *Murray/Murray 1-1 Nishioka/Uchiyama

    Now the Japanese nerves are settled. Just. Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama put themselves on the scoreboard, cruising 40-0 ahead. Huge cheers greet a brief British fightback to 40-30, only for Nishioka to slam down a mis-hit overhead smash for the game.

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    The life of a live text commentator can be lonely sometimes. Sat in a darkened room with only a television and a pack of chocolate digestives for company. So why don't you talk to me? In fact, I insist that you do. Tweet #bbctennis with anything that you want to get off your chest.

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    Murray/Murray 1-0 Nishioka/Uchiyama*

    Easy peasy. Andy Murray has the honour of serving first, cracking down an ace to start. The Japanese pair can't recover from that sensational start, going down to love in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it hold.

    * denotes next server

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    Murray/Murray v Nishioka/Uchiyama

    Andy Murray

    The atmosphere is rocking! The British Ultras, or Stirling University Barmy Army as they're more commonly known, are chanting, singing, drumming...basically creating a right racket.

    GB to serve first...

  12. Sacrificial lambs?

    Murray/Murray v Nishioka/Uchiyama

  13. Team news

    Murray/Murray v Nishioka/Uchiyama

    Andy Murray and Jamie Murray

    Murray and Murray teaming up for Great Britain is the big news ahead of day two of this opening Davis Cup tie.

    The other key bit of news concerns the Japan team. Kei Nishikori is NOT playing. The world number six is resting for his humdinger against Andy Murray, meaning Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama are Japan's doubles pair.

  14. Japan selection 'defensive'

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    "Nishikori is no doubles novice and my feeling is you have to throw everything at every match, and it's a very defensive strategy to save him for the singles on Sunday."

  15. The boys are back in town

    Murray/Murray v Nishioka/Uchiyama

    The two teams stroll out into the noisy arena, which is a sea of British red, white and blue. The players are introduced to the 9,000-strong crowd, pose for the obligatory pre-match snap at the net, then go through their final warm-ups. Almost show-time.  

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    Barker. Castle. Lloyd. Our BBC TV dream team is up and running. Click the 'Live Coverage' tab on this page, or grab the TV remote and flick over to BBC One, to see the action in Birmingham.

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    Davis Cup
  18. Team Murray

    Murray/Murray v Nishioka/Uchiyama

    So, about an hour ago, we received the news that we (kind of) expected. 

    The Murray brothers are back together. There was an element of doubt whether Andy would partner his older sibling Jamie, with Dom Inglot waiting in the wings if the British number one wanted to conserve his energy for his decisive singles tie against Kei Nishikori tomorrow.

    Perhaps Muzza junior feels he needs the match practice after his paternity leave. He's in.

  19. How things stand

    Murray/Murray v Nishioka/Uchiyama

    Hello! As you're well aware, Andy Murray has swapped changing nappies for changing racquet strings this weekend.

    The world number two returned to action with a comfortable win yesterday as Great Britain ended day one of their Davis Cup defence tied at 1-1 against Japan.

    Murray, 28, beat world number 87 Taro Daniel 6-1 6-3 6-1 in Birmingham, but world number six Kei Nishikori brought the visitors level with a 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Dan Evans.

    Victory in the best-of-five first-round tie will secure a quarter-final place and World Group status in 2017.

  20. Daddy Cool

    Going back to work for the first time after the birth of your child is a heart-rending experience. Ask any new father.

    But once you're back in the office, you might as well throw yourself into the hard graft, taking your mind off the loved ones you've left behind at home.

    And that's exactly what Andy Murray is doing. Great Britain's star employee has taken on an extra shift.

    Andy Murray