After three consecutive seasons finished in the top-4 behind Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Andy Murray had to linger on the fifth position in the ranking in the first three months of 2011. The Briton lost the second consecutive Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic and suffered three straight losses in Rotterdam, Indian Wells and Miami, bouncing back on clay where he played on a high level again to regain the spot among the four best players in the world.
Murray was the semi-finalist in Monte Carlo, Rome and Roland Garros to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, conquering the title at Queen's and advancing into the last for at Wimbledon where Nadal prevailed in four sets. With no time for rest, Andy traveled to the north to his beloved Scotland, leading Great Britain against Luxembourg in Group II tie at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow.
Playing in Davis Cup for the first time since September 2009 when they lost to Poland despite his two singles wins, Murray and the rest of the squad proved to be too strong for their rivals and Andy wrote history on July 8, defeating unranked Laurent Bram 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in 52 minutes for one of his most dominant victories ever.
Bram barely cracked the top-1000 at one point in 2006 and didn't play for three years (one match in the last four) before this clash with Murray, working as a coach at home in Luxembourg and entering this tie completely unprepared to face one of the best players in the world.
It was the first triple bagel for the British player since Alan Mills who delivered one also against Luxembourg in Davis Cup in 1959, with Andy as the dominant figure from start to finish. Murray lost 15 points overall, including back-to-back double faults at the beginning of the third set, recovering to take the game and never looking back until the end to deliver a triple bagel.
The Briton lost five points in the opener to claim it in 16 minutes, opening a 6-0, 6-0 advantage in just over half an hour after an even shorter set number two, finding himself over the finish line following another swift third set.
"It's nice to be back in Scotland, not being here for 18 months," Murray said. "The support's been great. My Grampa is a pretty strong critic, he doesn't like many mistakes, so I hope he was happy. You want to win as quickly as you can. It was tough for Bram who doesn't play that many tournaments anymore."