Davis Cup: Future and current stars collide

Andy Murray v Borna Coric  Davis Cup

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World number three Andy Murray faces a straightforward task against 16-year-old Borna Coric in Friday’s Davis Cup tie with Croatia.

Murray has made himself available for Great Britain’s Davis Cup squad for the first time in two years and will get to witness first hand the talent of a young man who captured the US Open junior title just last Saturday.

The teenager, who has a British coach and spends part of the year training in London, is a star of the future and mixing with the likes of Murray cannot harm his long-term prospects.

However, it is asking a lot for him to cause a shock, as Great Britain bid to return to the world group for the first time since beating the same opponents in Wimbledon in 2007.

Great Britain captain Leon Smith had an easy task in also selecting Dan Evans after his heroics at Flushing Meadows, and the reward for the 149th-ranked 23-year-old is a rubber with Croatian number one Ivan Dodig, who sits 114 places above him in the rankings.

To ensure maximum chance of victory this weekend it has also been decided that as long as Murray does not have to stay on court too long against Coric, the Scot will play doubles as well, meaning he will be on court all three days.

Jonathan Marray and Colin Fleming make up the quartet that will step out on the clay court at the Stadion Stella Maris in Umag on Friday.

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