GLASGOW: Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt says the pressure is all on Andy Murray as he attempts to lead his Great Britain side to Davis Cup glory.
Murray suffered the disappointment of being knocked out in the fourth round of the US Open by Kevin Anderson in New York last week—his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in five years.
The 28-year-old is now concentrating on leading Team GB into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1978 as they prepare to face Australia in their semi-final clash at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
The best-of-five tie opens with two singles rubbers on Friday, followed by the doubles rubber on Saturday and the reverse singles on Sunday.
Murray played three tough matches in three days in GB’s win over France in the quarter-finals in July—including a doubles win with older brother Jamie—and Hewitt says the weight of expectation will be on the Scot again this time round.
“A lot of the pressure is obviously on Andy,” said Hewitt, who won the competition with Australia in 1999 and 2003.
“Whoever gets the opportunity to face him on day one really has nothing to lose, you can go out free swinging and play your game.”
The 34-year-old, who is set to retire after the Australian Open at the start of 2016, added: “I think Andy pretty much has got to win that match in a lot of ways so it’s going to be a bigger rubber for them, I think, and these young boys are big match players as well.
“We’re going to try and come up with the best team play to win three out of the five matches.”