Davis Cup - Murray, Ward win as GB near promotion
Andy Murray and James Ward won their singles rubbers to take a 2-0 lead against Hungary in their Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group II promotion battle at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow.
Murray, playing in his native Scotland, beat Sebo Kiss 6-0 6-2 7-6(3), with Ward overcoming sickness and cramp to beat Attila Balazs 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-4 earlier in the day.
If Leon Smith's side win the doubles on Saturday they will return to the second tier of the Davis Cup for the first time in two years.
World number four Murray largely dominated Hungary's number two player, although he needed a third-set tie break to finish the job after law student Kiss broke with the Scot serving for the match.
"I started the match well and when he started to play better I started to make more mistakes," Murray said afterwards.
"I had the chance at 5-3 to serve it out and at 5-4 I was 40-15 up and missed two break points. I thought he played very well in the third set."
British number two Ward, who rose to prominence by reaching the semi-finals of the Queen's Club tournament this summer, had a rougher time after leaving the court to be sick during the three hours plus match.
That was just before he served to take the second set, and he went on to drop the third.
But he overcame various on-court ailments and an early break to win the fourth, with Balazs clearly tiring as Ward closed out the win.
"I didn't want to throw up all over the court so I went outside the door," Ward said of his vomiting incident. "I've never been sick (during a match) before so it was obviously strange but they said I had to come straight back on and play or I'd forfeit.
"I'm playing for my country. You've got to keep going and you've got to keep fighting, even though it was difficult.
"It's the first time I've ever cramped on a tennis court so it was a weird feeling for me and I didn't really know what to do. I don't even know why it's come on. I think it's tension and wanting to win so much."