Lloyd's Searching for a Cup Hero as Britain Bid to Avoid Relegation

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Lloyd's Searching for a Cup Hero as Britain Bid to Avoid Relegation


Byline: Chris Jones Tennis Correspondent

JOHN LLOYD is looking for a hero when Great Britain face Poland in a Davis Cup relegation play-off starting tomorrow. Andy Murray is established as British No1 but no other player has been consistent enough to secure the next slot on the team.

Dan Evans and James Ward are both in contention to get one of the places -- the draw is made today -- when the tie begins in Liverpool. Evans is favourite to land the slot, even though at No302 he is 109 places behind Ward in the rankings.

Team captain Lloyd said: "I would like to have an established No2 but it has not happened yet. You are looking for someone to step up to the plate in the Davis Cup. There is nothing like this event. It is a different beast due to the pressure and all that stuff.

"It is an opportunity for one of the guys to do that. Hopefully this will be the turning point."

Murray returns to action at the Echo Arena after the disappointment of being beaten by Marin Cilic in the fourth round of the US Open. The world No3, who has a fine record in Davis Cup singles with an eight-match winning streak, is keen to help the team retain their status. …

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