x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Murray irked by GB's lack of passion

Andy Murray insists his Great Britain teammates need to display more passion if they are to resurrect their fortunes.

Andy Murray insists his Great Britain teammates need to display more passion if they are to resurrect their fortunes. Murray won both his singles matches in the 3-2 defeat by Austria on the grass of Wimbledon which relegated Britain from the world group and consigned them to the Europe/Africa zone where they could play countries such as Georgia, Latvia or Macedonia.

The Scot saw the British No 2 Alex Bogdanovic lose his singles and the doubles pairing of Jamie Murray and Ross Hutchins lose tamely in straight sets on Saturday. And Murray believes the defeat had as much to do with a lack of fire as talent. He said: "I have showed I love playing the Davis Cup. In both my matches I showed a lot of emotion and got the crowd involved. "You have to do that in Davis Cup, especially when you have home ties, take advantage of the crowd. The guys in the other matches didn't get the crowd involved as much as I would have liked. When Alex went behind we didn't see any fist pumps. You don't really hear any 'C'mons' or any emotion.

"Even if you are breaking rackets I don't care, I want to see that you want to get the crowd involved and are desperate to win the match." Meanwhile, a rejuvenated Roger Federer said Switzerland would compete at a higher level next year. Led by the 13-time grand slam champion, the Swiss defeated Belgium 4-1 over the weekend to reach the elite world group. And Federer wants nothing less than the title.

In 2009, the first round takes place in early March, which gives him time to prepare. "We will know the draw [today]; that's going to answer many questions," Federer said after their victory. * Agencies