Murray raring to go for Davis Cup clash with Poland
ANDY Murray has insisted he is chomping at the bit ahead of Britain's crucial Davis Cup match against Poland at the Liverpool Echo Area this weekend.
FIRED UP FOR GB: World number three Andy Murray ready to fire Britain back to winning ways in the Davis Cup (Getty Images)
Murray knows he is imperative to the British cause with Team GB needing a win to avoid relegation to the Euro Africa Group 2 - the third tier of the competition.
The Brit has created Davis Cup headlines for the wrong reasons in the past as a glaring absentee from the British squad for last season's World Group match against Argentina and this year's Euro Africa Group 1 4-1 defeat to Ukraine.
But Murray insists he holds the Davis Cup with the highest regard and is fired up to continue his impeccable singles record of eight consecutive wins in Friday's opening rubber.
"The Davis Cup is a unique experience for everyone," said Murray. "Some of the best atmospheres I've ever played in have been Davis Cup matches - it's quite similar to the Wimbledon atmosphere.
"It's the only chance you get to play tennis as a team and it's a rare chance to play for your country.
"I've only lost one singles match in my Davis Cup career and I want to keep that run going."
While Murray is a shoe-in for the first singles place, the second spot was very much up for grabs with flavours of the month for the defeat to Ukraine in March, Josh Goodall and Chris Eaton seemingly cast aside.
Instead the honours look set to go to 19-year old Dan Evans who will make his Davis Cup debut in Liverpool with James Ward the reserve singles player and Ross Hutchins, Ken Skupski and Colin Fleming making up the rest of the team as doubles specialists.
But Murray is adamant his teammates can handle the pressure and batted away rumours his wrist injury, which surely played a part in the Scot's US Open last-16 defeat to Croatia's Marin Cilic, would require surgery at the end of the season.
"We're all really looking forward to the tie," said Murray. "I'll be happy to play the doubles as well but I'm certain we're capable of winning the match without me playing all three days.
"The wrist isn't troubling me too much - it's been sore for the past couple of weeks.
"I really don't think it's anything major and won't need surgery."