Davis Cup: Bryan backs Querrey to cause upset

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Mike Bryan believes his American Davis Cup team-mate Sam Querrey can cause an upset by beating Andy Murray in their singles rubber on Sunday.

Bryan and his twin brother Bob earned a crucial point for the USA by beating Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot in Saturday’s doubles to make it 2-1 in the tie and hand the hosts a lifeline going into the final day.

It means Querrey must now beat Murray to keep the clash alive, although he is the huge underdog, a fact which is reflected in the set betting with him at 3.770 with a +1.5 handicap, while Murray is 1.730 with a -1.5 handicap.

Although the Scot is expected to cruise to victory, he has struggled since returning from back surgery and crashed out in the quarter-final stages of the recent Australian Open, although he was barely troubled in his singles match on Friday, defeating Donald Young in straight sets.

Querrey has beaten Murray in the past and Bryan believes the British number one’s recent shaky form could help his 26-year-old team-mate take the tie to the final rubber between Young and Jamie Ward.

“Andy is the heavy favourite, but Sam can beat anyone,” Bryan told BBC Sport. “He has one of the biggest serves in the world. He is going to play with less pressure than yesterday, Andy might be a little off.”

If Querrey is to win, he will need to get off to a strong start but the odds are against him to win the first set with him currently priced at 4.700 to claim victory in the opener, while Murray is 1.190.

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