Andy Murray Goes Down Fighting in Battle of the Brits

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The Battle of the Brits continued on its day two with Andy Murray making an appearance in a mixed doubles match.

Murray combined with Jodie Burrage but went down in three fighting sets, losing to Joe Salisbury and Emma Raducanu 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. The win for Salisbury-Raducanu allowed their team British Bulldogs to take an 18-8 lead over the Union Jacks by the end of the day.

With Murray expected to play in the Western and Southern Open and US Open in August, he has opted to feature in only doubles matches in the Battle of the Brits to avoid the risk of injury.

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There was good news for Brit number one Johanna Konta, who shrugged off her defeat to Burrage on day one to overcome in-form player Katie Boulter in another singles match.

She came back from a set down to clinch the final set match tie-breaker 10-6. Down by a set and a break in the second, Konta looked she was headed the same way as in her opener on day one but finally found her rhythm to pouch the encounter.

Some of the other players in action were Cam Norrie, who registered his second win in as many days, and Liam Broady and Maia Lumsden, both of whom won their singles encounters.

Harriet Dart then combined with Beth Grey to win their women’s doubles match to take a 16-5 lead for their team.

The gap was closed by Dan Evans who defeated Kyle Edmund in straight sets, shrugging off an opening day loss in the process but the Murray-Burrage loss then meant the Bulldogs went into the close of the day’s play ahead by 10 points.

The first team to 60 points wins the competition and the matches will now be played for three, four and five points leading up to the final day of the tournament.

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