On this day: Andy Murray serves triple bagel against Laurent Bram in Davis Cup

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On this day: Andy Murray serves triple bagel against Laurent Bram in Davis Cup

After finishing in the top-4 behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for three consecutive seasons, Andy Murray had to step down to the fifth place in the first three months of 2011. The Briton lost the second straight Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic and suffered early defeats in Rotterdam, Indian Wells and Miami.

Andy bounced 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, losing those encounters to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal before conquering the title at Queen's.

In the semi-final at Wimbledon, Nadal toppled Murray in four sets and the Briton had to time for rest, traveling north to his native Scotland and 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 lower-ranked rivals.

Andy wrote history on July 8, defeating unranked Laurent Bram 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in 52 minutes.

Bram barely cracked the top-1000 at one point in 2006 and had one official match in the previous four years before this clash with Murray, working as a coach at home in Luxembourg and entering the tie completely unprepared to face one of the best players in the world.

It was the first triple bagel for the British players since Alan Mills delivered one against Luxembourg in Davis Cup in 1959, with Andy acting as a 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 rare feat of triple bagel.

The Briton lost five points in the opener to claim it in 16 minutes, forging a 6-0, 6-0 advantage in just over half an hour after an even shorter set number two and finding himself over the finish line following another swift set.

"It's nice to be back in Scotland, not being here for 18 months," Andy 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."