Proclaimers give Murray Davis Cup buzz

SO EASY: Andy Murray
SO EASY: Andy Murray

ANDY Murray has called for more musical accompaniments to help Great Britain’s Davis Cup fans find their voice.

The Scot admitted he had “goose bumps” as the Braehead Arena crowd sang along to the Proclaimers before the final game of his one-sided victory over Luxembourg’s Laurent Bram.

Murray had cantered to a 6-0 6-0 5-0 lead but he still appreciated the vocal inspiration to help him through the final furlong.

The atmosphere in the Glasgow venue was briefly more like Hampden than Wimbledon as the support joined in when ‘500 Miles’ was played over the public address system, and Murray feels more needs to be done to make home advantage count in Davis Cup ties.

The British number one, whose 51-minute triumph cancelled out James Ward’s opening defeat to top-100 player Gilles Muller, said: “It was good because we need to try and find a way of getting the atmosphere like that throughout.

“It’s not an easy thing to do. It can be difficult because the matches are long and it’s a long few days, but that’s something we need to get better at - to use the crowd as a big advantage.

“You get goose bumps when it’s like that, even at that score you do get pumped up.

“Other countries are exceptional at getting the crowd going at Davis Cup and that’s something that we need to try to use to our advantage as much as possible.

“The atmosphere at my match was very good and we have to make sure it’s like that all the time.”