SAN DIEGO — Less than five months after having back surgery, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray propelled Britain into the next round of the Davis Cup and earned some time off.
Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britain’s opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park.
“I’m proud of the way I’m playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be,” Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseball’s San Diego Padres.
“I’m still not quite there yet,” said Murray, who beat Donald Young in straight sets on Friday. “Winning matches of that length and quality so soon after the surgery is good. And changing surfaces and stuff. I’ve done 13 weeks consecutively without a break of training and playing tournaments to try and get myself back. I need a break now to take some days off after I get back home. I deserve it.”
Murray won his 18th straight Davis Cup singles match and Britain beat the Americans for the first time since 1935.
Britain advanced to the World Group quarterfinals for the first time since 1986. It will face Italy, which defeated Argentina. The United States is relegated to the World Group playoff in September and will need to win to stay in the World Group.
The last time Great Britain won in the United States was in 1903 in the World Group Challenge Final at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston.
American captain Jim Courier was asked to put that in perspective.
“It feels great to be alive in 2014,” Courier said. “We certainly don’t feel a lot of kinship to the last team that lost to the Brits on American soil since they’ve been dead a long time. It has nothing to do with us. We come to play on our own terms.”