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Davis Cup preview - GB v Croatia

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Andy Murray will come up against 16-year old Borna Coric in Great Britain's World Group play-off away in Croatia that begins on Friday.

Murray was knocked out of the US Open at the quarter-final stage by Stanislas Wawrinka, but his teenage opponent enjoyed much more success at Flushing Meadows as he won the boys' title.

The Brit will be hoping to get his team off to the best possible start as they look to reach the World Group for the first time in five years.

The clash between the world number three and the Croatian is the first rubber of the match, and Dan Evans faces a tricky opponent in Ivan Dodig in the second rubber.

Evans resurrected a floundering career with an excellent performance in the United States, reaching the third round before losing to experienced Spaniard Tommy Robredo; a run that saw him enter the world's top 150 for the first time.

The 23-year old has faced stern criticism about his attitude from players within the game and also the media, and he believes that is why his performance in the US Open was greeted with such joy.

In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper, he said: "I think that's why there has been such a reaction.

"I couldn't believe the buzz around the the stadium and from home. A lot of people are really happy that I am showing that I can do it."

The British fans will be even happier if he can help Britain to win on the clay courts in Umag, and he is involved in the fifth match, which could be the decider, against world number 525 Coric.

In the other ties, Murray will partner Colin Fleming against Dodig and Mate Pavic, before the Scot faces Croatian number one Dodig in the penultimate singles rubber.

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