Murray beats Querrey as Britain tops U.S. in 1st round of Davis Cup
Andy Murray celebrates after winning his a match against United States' Sam Querrey at the Davis Cup tennis matches on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Bernie Wilson, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, February 2, 2014 6:35PM EST
SAN DIEGO -- Wimbledon champion Andy Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britain's opening-round Davis Cup victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park.
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.
Murray split tiebreakers with Querrey in the first two sets, breezed through the third set in 29 minutes and won the match when Querrey returned a serve long.
Murray leaned back and pumped both fists, and then swatted the ball into the stands on the opposite end of the temporary court built in left field at the downtown home of baseball's San Diego Padres. He joined his teammates in a celebration huddle on the red clay court.
Britain clinched the match at 3-1. The fourth singles match was cancelled.
Murray reached matched point on Querrey's serve in the eighth game of the fourth set before the American won three straight points to stay alive.
After falling behind 15-30 in the ninth game, Murray got a new racket. He then double-faulted, giving Querrey break point. Murray won the next three points to clinch the match.
In the first-set tiebreaker, Murray was down a mini-break before rallying to win when Querrey hit a drop volley into the net.
Querrey won the second-set tiebreaker on a forehand passing shot and then jumped for joy.
Murray immediately rebounded by breaking Querrey twice to go up 4-0 in the third set. He broke Querrey again to win the set in a seventh game that went to deuce four times, clinching it when Querrey hit into the net.