Davis Cup: Britain’s Murray brothers drop Japan 2-1

The Murray brothers, Andy and Jamie have spurned their Japanese counterparts, Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama in the ongoing Davis Cup.

The 9,000 crowd spectators at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham were thrilled to a 2-1 win over Japan as the brothers have now won all five of their Davis Cup doubles matches together.

The Scottish brothers defeated the Japanese 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to leave the holders one win from a quarter-final place.

Andy Murray will hope to secure victory when he faces the world number six, Kei Nishikori, on Sunday.

Nishikori beat Dan Evans who ranked 157th on Friday and would line up against world number 87 Taro Daniel if a decisive fifth rubber were required.

Captain Leon Smith’s decision to play Andy Murray in the doubles resulted in a one-sided win, but it will only be fully vindicated if the British number one can overcome Nishikori on Sunday.

“I know who I’d want going out for my team – it’s Andy,” Smith told BBC Sport. “It’s going to be difficult, Kei’s a really good player.”

Murrays make short work of doubles

The British brothers did not face a single break point as they saw off Nishioka and Uchiyama in one hour and 53 minutes, taking their Davis Cup record as a doubles team to 5-0.

Jamie Murray (L) and Andy Murray (R) of Great Britain clelebrate with their team captain Leon Smith after winning the second set of the doubles match against Yasutaka Uchiyama and Yoshihito Nishioka

The Murray brothers were playing together for the fifth time in the Davis Cup doubles

There was little tension for the majority of the 9,000 crowd to endure as the home side overcame some solid early resistance to dominate.

Both Japanese players are ranked outside the world’s top 300 in doubles, in stark contrast to the world number two singles and doubles players across the net.

It was singles star Andy Murray who made the initial breakthrough with a return winner for a 5-3 lead and it was one-way traffic from then on.

Two breaks of serve in the second set left Japan with a mighty task but they held their own in a tight third before Britain broke through at 4-4, Andy Murray sealing victory with an ace.

Andy Murray: “We know each other’s games extremely well – so that helps. When the ball goes into a certain part of the court I know what shot he will hit and vice-versa. My strengths and his strengths make a decent team. It was a good win today.”

Jamie Murray: “We played a great match from start to finish. We were very solid, it wasn’t easy because they played some good shots and gave us some tricky moments.”

Can Nishikori upset Murray?

Nishikori has won just one of his six matches against Murray.

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GHENT, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 28:  Andy Murray and Jamie Murray (L) of Great Britain celebrate a break point during day two of the Davis Cup Final match between Belgium and Great Britain at Flanders Expo on November 28, 2015 in Ghent, Belgium.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA) gun__1352738695_arsenal_tottenham