Andy Murray to face Young in Davis Cup on Friday

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm •  Published: January 30, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Donald Young, who beat Andy Murray at Indian Wells in 2011 in what he termed "the biggest win of my career," will get another shot at the two-time Grand Slam champion Friday in a first-round Davis Cup match between the United States and Great Britain.

Young, ranked 79th, was a surprise selection to replace the injured John Isner for the U.S. team when the draw for the weekend's matches was announced Thursday.

Isner retired from his first round match at the Australian Open earlier in January with an ankle injury after losing the first two sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5) to Martin Klizan.

"We knew he (Isner) wasn't going to play earlier in the week," said U.S. captain Jim Courier. "Donald has been practicing. John actually hasn't hit a ball since Sunday. We've known for a while, but you're probably wondering why we haven't made the announcement.

"ITF rules make it challenging to make that decision early in the week. You lose options," said Courier.

Courier said he and Jay Berger, the team's coach, made the decision to have Young fill in for Isner.

"It was great to get the call," said Young, who will be making his Davis Cup debut.

Young beat Murray at Indian Wells in March 2011.

Asked if that win would give him confidence going into Friday's match, Young said, "yeah, definitely getting a win over anybody makes you feel good about it.