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GB men's curlers grab win

Great Britain's men's curling team emerged from a cagey contest against European champions Switzerland with a 4-2 victory in Sochi.

No end saw more than a single point being posted, with the all Scottish-rink claiming the first two in the third and fourth, making it 3-1 in the sixth and then sealing the triumph in the 10th thanks to skip David Murdoch's final stone delivery.

GB have now won three of their opening four 2014 Winter Olympics fixtures in the 10-team round-robin stage at the Ice Cube Curling Center. The top four rinks will progress to battle it out for the medals.

The total of six points scored is the equal-lowest in a men's Olympic curling match, a tally set in 1998, when GB defeated Norway 4-2 and equalled when they beat United States by the same scoreline in 2010.

Not that it bothered Murdoch, who heralded it as "absolutely" his rink's best match of Sochi 2014, putting it down to a team-talk following the nervy 7-6 win over Germany on Tuesday.

"Even though it was as tight as it was, that has been our best performance because they are a real good team," he said.

"For us to beat them, the European champions, that is a real good marker for us and we just need to play like that every game. If we do that we're in good shape.

"It wasn't an overly serious chat because obviously we'd won. We weren't beating ourselves up, we were trying to figure out why the engine wasn't run on full cylinders.

"We got hammer again and we stayed in front of them and I think that was the key.

"We were really frustrating them and were playing some great shots out there and it was fantastic to be part of that solid team."

Murdoch explained the benefit of back-to-back victories ahead of their fifth round-robin fixture against the USA on Thursday afternoon.

"It's key for confidence," he said. "You have to be so clinical with every single shot for two and half hours and, when you have that confidence, you believe in yourself and make everything and I think we did that today."