Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans will play the singles rubbers instead of Murray

Andy Murray has been left out of the team for Great Britain’s crunch Davis Cup clash with Kazakhstan in Madrid.

The former world No 1 needed close to three hours to battle past Tallon Griekspoor in Britain’s victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday and after admitted that he’s not in the best shape.

Kyle Edmund comes into the team as the No 2 singles player, with Dan Evans shifting up to No 1. Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski will again take to court for the doubles rubber, which could prove to be decisive yet again.

Murray’s 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win on Wednesday against 179th-ranked Griekspoor was the sort of comeback for which he has become famous for. He was 4-1 down in the deciding set and then in the same position in the tie-break before conjuring some remarkable defence to claw his way to victory.

Griekspoor played well above his ranking but Murray was sluggish throughout, the sharp movement that was evident in his brilliant title victory in Antwerp a month ago sorely lacking.

The Scot admitted last week that he had put on a few pounds in the weeks since as the arrival of his son Teddy.

“I told you guys I wasn’t feeling in the best shape coming in, and it showed a little bit in the match,” he said.

“The weight and things like that, that’s my fault. I won’t put myself in that position again.

“If you’re weighing four or five kilos more than you’re used to, that is probably going to affect how you feel moving around the court.


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