Showing posts with label andy murray. Show all posts
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Djokovic wins 6th Australian Open title

Djokovic wins 6th Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6(3) to win his sixth Australian Open title, the fourth time he has taken down the Scot in the Melbourne Park final.

Nole equals Roy Emerson’s Australian Open haul and closes to within six majors of Roger Federer’s record.

“I have to say I’m extremely honoured to be mentioned alongside the legends of our sport, like Rod Laver. Thank you Mr Laver for coming along tonight and making this match special,” Djokovic said. “Mr Roy Emerson, who is not here tonight, it’s a great privilege to match the record of one of the greatest players to have played this game.”

The loss marks the fifth time Murray had fallen in the Australian Open decider.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Andy Murray Australian Open Final Interview

Andy Murray Australian Open Final Interview

Novak Djokovic def Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6(3)

Q. Can you give us your verdict on the match?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, basically I saw some of the stats just at the end of the match. He won 25 more points than me, 26 more points. I had 25 or 26 more unforced errors.

You know, I think I didn't hit my forehand particularly well at the beginning of the match. I started to hit it better in the third set. But, yeah, that was it.

Q. The level of tennis in the second and third sets was pretty high, judging by your standards?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I think so. I mean, the end of the second set, obviously the game I lost 40-Love up, was a tough one.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Andy Murray semifinal Interview Australian Open 2016

Andy Murray semifinal Interview Australian Open 2016

Andy Murray def Milos Raonic 4-6 7-5 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2

Q. Very solid match. You only lost the first serve and never any more. Was that something important?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, for sure. When you play against someone who, you know, is tough to break like Milos, you need to protect your own serve to put pressure on them.

I think at the end of the fourth set I did very well. I won some of the breakpoints I faced. I came up with some good second serves. You know, changed the position of the second serves on a few points. Served close to the lines. That was big.

But, yeah, against anyone, is one of the most important shots, if not the most important, especially tonight.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Andy Murray Interview - Australian Open Day 10

Andy Murray Interview - Australian Open Day 10

Andy Murray def David Ferrer 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3

Q. How much of a difference did it make there when the roof closed?
ANDY MURRAY: I think it changed things a little bit. Obviously, you know, I had chances in the second set. Obviously at 4-All I had 15-40 in that game, and then a couple shots in the tiebreak that I could have done better with.

You know, when the roof closed, I was obviously up a break in the third and was feeling good. That first game after the delay was a very important. I saved a couple of break points, but then actually played a good game. So it was nice to get through that game.

Then I felt like started to play better as the match went on.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Andy Murray Interview Australian Open Day 8

Andy Murray Interview Australian Open Day 8

Andy Murray def Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-4 7-6(4)

Q. Pretty straightforward win, Andy. How do you assess your performance?
ANDY MURRAY: I didn't think it was that straightforward. It was a tricky match. You know, I mean, I got up a break I think in all of the sets. Each time he obviously got it back. So there were quite a few momentum shifts in all of the sets.

I think the third set he definitely played better. He started taking a lot more chances, especially at the end of the set. The 5-All game that we played there, it was a very long game. He was serving and going big off the first ball. It wasn't easy for me to get into a rhythm.

Luckily he missed a few easy forehands in the tiebreak, and that helped me out in the breaker. Helped me get it done in straight sets.

But, you know, it's obviously never straightforward against someone with his game style. He's a different player to most. You know, he's tough.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Andy Murray Interview - Australian Open 2016 Day 4

Andy Murray Interview - Australian Open 2016 Day 4

Andy Murray def Sam Groth 6-0 6-4 6-1

Q. Is the ball looking quite big today? Seemed to time your returns well.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I returned good. I mean, he didn't start the match off serving that well, which helped. Because I was returning well, that maybe put some more pressure on him.

He didn't really start serving well or how well he can serve until maybe, you know, middle of the second set. Then, you know, made it tougher there.

But, yeah, I returned good and passed and lobbed well. That's what I needed to do today to get the win.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Andy Murray Australian Open Interview Day 2 January 19th 2016

Andy Murray Australian Open Interview Day 2 January 19th 2016

Andy Murray def Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-2 6-3

Q. You must be glad to get that out of the way, especially with the conditions out there.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was hot, especially in the end of the second set and third set. It was a bit cloudy at the start, so it wasn't actually too bad.

But then towards the end it started to heat up. Third set was a long one. We played a lot of long games, especially on his serve. You know, I think I could have done a little bit better job of closing the match out a little bit sooner, because I did have chances to go up a double break. I think I had I think three games in a row Love-30 and break points as well.

But I played well. I played a good match. Just could have, you know, been a bit more efficient in the third set, I think.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Father-to-be Murray ready to leave Australian Open at any time

Father-to-be Murray ready to leave Australian Open at any time

Andy Murray has promised to pull out of the Australian Open if wife Kim goes into labour, even if that means withdrawing between the semi-final and final.

Murray has previously promised to return home if Kim goes into labour, regardless of his progression in the tournament, and the Scot reiterated his stance in a media conference on Saturday.

When asked if he would still withdraw between the semi-final and final, Murray replied: "The same thing would happen. For me, my child and my wife are more important to me than a tennis match.

"I've never been in this position before so it's something new for me to deal with and handle. It's something to learn from but when I'm on the practice court I'm very focused.

Monday, November 30, 2015

U.K. wins first Davis Cup title since 1936

U.K. wins first Davis Cup title since 1936

Andy Murray threw his hands in the air, victorious over Belgium's David Goffin in the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup Final. His teammates started piling on as the British star fell to the clay court, covering his face with his hands and basking in the moment.
It was his, and his team's, third win of the weekend, giving the U.K. the 3-1 overall win in the best-of-five tournament. Murray had just carried his teammates to their country's first Davis Cup title since 1936.

He looked absolutely elated as he jogged over to shake hands with Goffin, then ran back to the team huddle, where this time it was his teammates lifting Murray on their shoulders. The celebration on court lasted nearly an hour, hundreds of British fans who made the trip to Gent, Belgium, chanting, "I believe that we just won," and "Andy, Andy-Andy."

The journey to this point had required wins over France (featuring four top-20 players), Australia, and the U.S. Murray played in each, winning eight singles matches along the way. He is only the third player in history to win all eight possible singles matches in a single Davis Cup season. He added three wins on the doubles court, all with brother Jamie, to become only the fourth player to win 11 matches in a single season.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Davis Cup debut for Edmund

Davis Cup debut for Edmund

Kyle Edmund will make his Davis Cup debut for Britain on Friday when he joins Andy Murray in trying to hand their country its first overall success in the tennis showpiece since 1936.

The 20-year-old South African-born player will become just the sixth man in the 115-year history of the competition to make his debut in the final when he plays the opening rubber in Ghent against Belgium's top player, David Goffin.

Murray, the world number two and the inspiration behind Britain's march into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1978, will then take on lowly-ranked Ruben Bemelmans, who will take centre stage after playing provincial club tennis in France last week.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rafa is back

Rafa is back

Rafael Nadal was in imperious form as he crushed Andy Murray at the World Tour Finals on Wednesday with an impressive 6-4, 6-1 victory at London's O2 Arena.

The first set was a high-level contest featuring impressive rallies and smart drop shots, but in the second, Murray's game fell away as Nadal turned the screw.

Whether Nadal goes through to the semi-finals depends on the result of Wednesday's second match in the four-man group, when world number four Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland takes on Spain's seventh seed David Ferrer.

Both Nadal and Muray are contesting their seventh Finals, the season-ending tournament disputed between the top eight players on a hard court.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Andy Murray downs Ferrer at London ATP Tour Finals

Andy Murray downs Ferrer at London ATP Tour Finals

Andy Murray silenced the critics who claimed he was distracted by dreams of Davis Cup glory as the Scot opened his ATP Tour Finals campaign with a gritty 6-4, 6-4 win over David Ferrer on Monday.

Britain face Belgium in the final on clay in Ghent next week and Murray had initially suggested he might pull out of the Tour Finals to fine-tune his preparations for the Davis Cup.

After learning of potential sanctions from the ATP if he withdrew, Murray settled for spending most of last week practising his clay-court game across London at Queen's Club before arriving at the O2 on Friday.

It was hardly ideal preparation and inevitably Murray's commitment against Ferrer was under close scrutiny from cynics who doubted whether the world number two really wanted to risk injury with the Davis Cup just around the corner.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Djokovic wins Paris Masters

Nole wins Paris

Novak Djokovic added a 26th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title to his resume by winning the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris for a third consecutive year, downing second seed Andy Murray in the final and improving his record against his nearest pursuant in the Emirates ATP Rankings to 21-9.
For Djokovic, there are few secrets to finding the road to success.

“Ever since very early childhood days, I have been surrounded with people who were very professional, very knowledgeable about the sport and lifestyle that is required for an athlete to reach the peak of his sport,” Djokovic said. “I think I have inherited that, first of all, from my parents, who were involved in different sports in their lives. Several coaches, people, mentors that have shaped me into the person and player I am today. I was fortunate to gather advice on how I should think about everything. Not just practice itself but recovery, nutrition and the psychological part, as well.”

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Andy Murray Interview US Open Round 4

Andy Murray Interview US Open Round 4

An Interview With: Andy Murray (Round 4)
Monday, September 07, 2015
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Q. Where would you assess that went wrong for you?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I was playing against an excellent player. He served extremely well. And I would say, you know, the service game I played at 4-1, I was up 40-Love in the second set, got broken there. Then that was really around the time when I was starting to get the momentum a bit back on my side.

I obviously broke him straight after that, held serve, then had breakpoints the next game. You know, maybe if I'd held serve there at 40-Love, I might have been able to snatch that second set but obviously didn't. Then fought hard through to the end.

Q. The kind of atmosphere playing under the lights on Armstrong, is that something that is only here in New York or do you have that someplace else?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Andy Murray Interview US Open Round 3

Andy Murray Interview US Open Round 3

An Interview With: Andy Murray (Round 3)
Saturday, September 05, 2015
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Q. Probably happy to have that be shorter after a few extra sets in the first two rounds?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I think, I mean, conditions were so much nicer to play in today, as well. Like after long rallies and stuff, you weren't really struggling for breath as much. I also think, conditioning-wise, the first couple rounds, it really doesn't get much harder than that. Maybe it will get bad again, but they're some of the toughest conditions you'll play in during the year. To get through those matches, especially the second one, was important. Yeah, much easier tonight.

Q. Is it correct that you asked for as late of a match as possible, bearing in mind the aftermath of playing with that cold in the last round?
ANDY MURRAY: I asked to play later. I didn't ask to play as late as possible. I just asked if I could play slightly later rather than first or second.

But, yeah, I didn't ask to play last on.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Andy Murray US Open Interview Round 2

Andy Murray US Open Interview Round 2

An Interview With: Andy Murray (Round 2)
Thursday, September 03, 2015

Q. Why are you wearing adidas shoes?

ANDY MURRAY: Why? Well, as a professional athlete, you obviously have to be very careful when you make changes to your racquets and to your footwear. I started testing the Under Armour shoes in March. Used the Under Armour shoes at Wimbledon and during the grass court season. Then did some more testing on the hard court shoes in the buildup here. They just weren't quite right. You know, you can't take risks with those things because if you, you know, have an issue there, get blisters or twist an ankle or whatever, that can cost you. It's different if it's a T-shirt or shorts. The shoes and the racquets are obviously extremely important. I'll be in the shoes by the end of the year. The shoes are very close to being right, but just weren't quite ready yet.

Q. What do you consider the most important aspects of trying to come back from being down, and what was the key today?

ANDY MURRAY: We need to believe, for a start, which is not always easy. Obviously I had quite a few opportunities, I felt. You know, I think I was one for seven on breakpoints or something. Like in the first set, 6-5, I had Love-40 on his serve there to get back into it. I just wasn't able to break at any of the important moments, unfortunately. I just had to kind of tell myself that I would get there eventually. Managed to turn it round.

Q. How is the recovery process going after that match? How do you feel?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Murray wins Madrid Open after beating Nadal

Murray wins Madrid Open after beating Nadal

Andy Murray defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2 to claim the Mutua Madrid Open 2015 title.

This was Murray's first clay court win over Rafa. He won his 10th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy, received 1000 ATP Rankings points and $799,450 in prize money.

Nadal will drop to World No. 7 in the ATP Rankings, putting him outside the Top 5 for the first time in a decade.

Murray got early breaks in both sets and Nadal failed to replicate the forehand brilliance that saw him dismiss Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals as the Scott surged to victory in 89 minutes.

"I think I wasn't expecting this a couple of weeks ago, so when things are unexpected, it feels nicer," admitted Murray. "I didn't feel like I put too much pressure on myself the past couple of weeks, which is a good thing.

"Obviously to win a Masters 1000 on clay for me is a step in the right direction. It's something I had never done before. So that's good progress there. To win against Rafa on clay in a final in Spain is an extremely difficult thing to do, and I'm proud that I've managed to do that."

"I've played a couple good matches [this week], especially yesterday's match," said Nadal. "It's one of the best matches I have played in a long time. So I cannot leave Madrid not happy. I have leave happy and just delete what happened today. I will just stay with the good things that happened this week, and there are a lot of them, more good than bad. I will try to recover in Rome the feelings. I think I've made a step forward and I'm playing better. My game is better."



Photo Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Nadal vs Murray in Madrid final

Nadal vs Murray in Madrid final

Rafael Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 7-6(3), 6-1 and will face Andy Murray, who defeated Kei NIshikori 6-3 6-4, at the Mutua Madrid Open final.

"For the past couple of days I have been playing better and better every day," said Nadal. "That's always very good news. I am in the final. I am happy for that. I am enjoying a lot the fact that I am playing in front of an unbelievable crowd. For me, that's the best crowd in the world without any doubt. So that gives me a lot of really positive energy.

"Today I played again at a very good level. I did yesterday; today I played at a very, very high level. Let's see tomorrow if I am able to continue with that positive feeling. This week has been fantastic for me. This is a very important result, and that's confidence, that's positive energy. That's calm, too. Let's try to continue tomorrow and try to continue with that good feeling next week. I worked a lot to have that feeling, and today I had that feeling that I've been trying to find for a while."

Monday, May 4, 2015

Andy Murray wins first clay title

Andy Murray wins first clay title

Andy Murray beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) to win the Munich BMW Open title, his first ATP World Tour clay-court title.

Murray received €80,000 in prize money, earned 250 ATP Rankings points and a BMW i8, plug-in hybrid vehicle.

"It means a lot to have won," said Murray. "It was my first final on the clay, having lost a few semi-finals at Roland Garros, Rome and Monte-Carlo. We played a very high standard match. I just managed to hang on at the end.

"He served unbelievably well. I had very few chances when I was returning. We may even play one another in Madrid, in a few days’ time [this week]. Philipp is a superb competitor and fought right to the end. It is nice to have won my first clay title and I hope to win another one soon.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Five to follow at the French Open

Five to follow at the French Open

The clay-court season is now firmly up and running on the European circuit as attention and focus will naturally start to build towards the French Open at Roland Garros at the end of May.

Nine-time winner Rafael Nadal will be spearheading the charge to win the second Grand Slam of 2015, but there will be plenty of challengers determined to topple the undisputed King of Clay.

Betfair may have Nadal and Djokovic at 6/4 and 3/2 to win, respectively, when this article was created, but if they land in the same half of the draw, then there will be some value to be had in the other half.

Here, we take a look at five players, naturally including Nadal and Djokovic, who are going to be worth following at Roland Garros.


RAFAEL NADAL



With a mind-boggling 10th French Open title the target for Nadal, he remains the man to beat at Roland Garros, despite his various troubles since winning for a fifth successive year in 2014.