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Andy Murray: “It was good progress in Rome, and the goal here is to keep that going”

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TENNIS ROLAND GARROS 2014 – Andy Murray pre-tournament interview.

 

Q. James Ward has just qualified. You maybe were just watching it. What do you make of his achievement?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was great. I think especially the way the match went, as well. Yeah, they are the sort of matches you need to win, to fight through and find a way to win.

There were a lot of tough moments in that third set obviously serving for it and sort of saving match points. It was a long tough match.

But, you know, if you want to breakthrough and get on to the tour, you know everyone goes through them. Big win for him.

 

Q. When we spoke to you obviously very late at night after the Rafa defeat, very narrow defeat, you obviously were very tired. But reflecting back on that, do you maybe see that as possibly a turning point for you, that kind of quality of performance? Is that how you sort of come to look at it in time?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. Well, I think, you know, at the time it was obviously still it was a good match for me. It was good progress in Rome, and obviously, you know, the goal here is to keep that going and remain at that level as often as I can for the rest of the year.

But, yeah, right now obviously got a big focus on these next couple of weeks, and hopefully I can have a good run.

 

Q. What do you like to do when you’re in Paris like this? Do you have a special routine or restaurant, stuff you like to do?

ANDY MURRAY: No. I mean, I have stayed in a different hotel almost every year I have been here. Never really stayed in the same place. Been to a lot of different restaurants. I normally eat around the hotel, you know, wherever I’m staying, yeah.

I mean, I like walking around here. It’s a nice city with a lot of stuff going on.

Yeah, no special routine, no.

 

Q. What’s the situation now with your coach search? How close do you think you are? Have you approached anybody yet?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. Hopefully I’m fairly close. You know, I wouldn’t expect anything over the next few days obviously. But, yeah, closer than I was in Rome.

Yeah, would I hope to have someone in place.

 

Q. Would that be by Queen’s or might it be here?

ANDY MURRAY: Whenever it’s right, basically. For me it’s not about rushing into something. It’s about getting it right, getting the right person. Until that’s the case, you know, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing with, you know, the guys I’m working with.

Still also people that I can speak to, as well, about things. I have met a lot of good people that I respect and stuff and listen to their opinions on my travels, on the tennis tour. So, you know, I’m not in a panic to get someone, but it’s a lot closer than it was.

 

Q. Are you pretty much calling the shots on the coaching decisions? Are you consulting with a lot of people around you?

ANDY MURRAY: I chat to a few people about it, but ultimately it has to come down to the player/coach relationship’s, you know, very important. You know, if you speak to a lot of people about it, you know, everyone can have a completely different opinion on a certain individual.

You know, that can then also become confusing. You need to trust sort of your instincts on whether something’s going to work or not. That’s what I have done in the past, and it’s worked fairly well.

 

Q. Just considering, you know, where you are, how satisfied with your season are you so far considering you’re coming from the surgery and all this, looking at the next few weeks which are, you know, the meat of the tennis calendar?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I was fairly happy with the start of the season with, you know, how I responded from the surgery in Australia. I thought I did pretty well there. I thought I played a fairly high level in the quarterfinals against Roger and, you know, physically probably endurance wise probably wasn’t quite ready, you know, to go the whole way there.

And then Davis Cup was fairly good for me. But then, yeah, since then it was very patchy. Some good stuff mixed in with some bad tennis.

Yeah, Rome was a good step forward. Like I said, I need to build on that, take confidence from it, and I need to try and keep that consistency for the next four or five months if I can.

 

Q. Having played Rafa in Rome, what’s your sort of take on the favoritism for this title? Rafa, as always, or Novak? Is it you as a big favorite? What do you think?

ANDY MURRAY: I don’t know. I also really don’t care, to be honest. For me, anyway, it really doesn’t matter. It’s stuff that everyone talks about.

But, you know, when, you know normally when the tournament starts, you know, whether Rafa has been playing well or not, I would expect him to play great tennis here.

I would expect Novak to play great tennis here.

Roger, you know, I would also expect to play very well.

That’s what they have done. So there is nothing there to suggest that they are all of a sudden going to stop performing well in the slams and struggle. I would expect them to all have great tournaments.

But who wins depends who plays the best at the end of the event really, and we don’t know that because we can’t predict the future.

 

Q. How much do you know about Golubev? I think you played him once before about five years ago or something like that.

ANDY MURRAY: I played him in the finals of St. Petersburg quite a while ago when he was just coming through. Yeah, he’s obviously been playing on the tour pretty much ever since then.

He’s had some good wins. You know, beat Wawrinka in the Davis Cup this year. He’s a very dangerous player, big forehand, goes for his shots. Yeah, he doesn’t hold back. When he’s on, he’s a very tough guy to beat.

But, you know, his form has been a bit inconsistent I think just because of his game style, really. He plays exciting tennis, goes for big shots, and when he’s on makes it very difficult.

 

Q. Going back to the coach briefly, before you appointed Lendl it was apparent your target was to win Grand Slams. Has it been more difficult this time working out what you want to get from a coach?

ANDY MURRAY: No, because the target is the same. The target is to win Grand Slams. That’s what I want to do. I will pick the person I feel is best able to help me with that.

The Ivan situation obviously worked out well. At that stage I obviously hadn’t won a Grand Slam, but the goal was still to win Grand Slams. That’s still the same goal now.

It’s just obviously being in the same position in his career where he hasn’t won a slam first, whatever he lost, first four or five finals, and that was probably why that one worked very well.

 

Q. Can you just tell us what you have been doing since Rome when you arrived here, where you’ve been practicing?

ANDY MURRAY: I went home for a couple of days, and then we got here on Tuesday evening. Practiced at Wimbledon and trained on Sunday after Rome well, two days after Rome.

Yeah, got here on Tuesday evening and have been practicing here for the last three days. Yeah, that’s it.

 

Q. James, his getting through, what do you think of his attributes? He’s a teammate of yours on Davis Cup. What his qualities are and what he can sort of achieve in his career, do you think?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, to be honest, what he can achieve is kind of really up to him and how much he wants to achieve. Because if you look at his results, he’s beaten very good players. He has the form in big matches to suggest that, you know, he could be a 50, 60, whatever, 70 in the world player with the guys he’s beaten.

And even in some of the matches he’s lost, he lost to Dodig at Queen’s last year with match points, and he’s put himself in a position to win quite a few big matches, as well.

He serves well. He has a good serve. He wins free points on his serve, which helps in today’s game a lot. Has a very, very good backhand crosscourt, world class maybe. Very few mistakes and very good.

But, yeah, just    yeah, he’s just been a bit inconsistent with his results really. That’s probably why it hasn’t got him to the top 100, because for probably two or three months a year he probably has played top 100 tennis, and then for the rest of the time it’s been a bit up and down.

But his results that he’s had and qualifying for, you know, for a slam on his worst surface. You know, it would suggest that with the grass court season coming up he’s going to have chances there that he could make a push in the next few months.

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Dominic Thiem Downplays US Open Chances

The world No.4 has given a frank assessment about his hopes at the New York major shortly after the draw was made on Thursday.

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Dominic Thiem may be a top four seed in next week’s US Open, but the Austrian has played down the prospect of him winning his first grand slam title at the event.

 

The 25-year-old has experienced a setback in his build up to the tournament. Since winning the Kitzbuhel Open on clay, Thiem has only managed to play three matches on a hard court. Reaching the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in what what was his best-ever run at the tournament. However, more recently Thiem has been sidelined from action due to a virus and pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters.

Thiem’s first round opponent at the US Open will be Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano, who has suffered two consecutive first round losses on the tour. Fabbiano reached the third round in New York back in 2017, but has missed the two most recent editions.

“Without a doubt, there are much tougher rivals than Thomas Fabbiano in a first round, although I must say that, after overcoming this viral disease, I do not expect miracles.” Thiem told Sky Sport Austria on Thursday.

Heading into the event, Thiem has said he has set out no goal. He will be defending 360 ranking points after reaching the quarter-finals 12 months ago before losing in a five-set thriller to Rafael Nadal. Overall, Thiem’s win-loss at the US Open is 15-5 heading into this year.

“Right now I do not consider reaching a quarterfinals or a semifinal. I want to go round to round, looking beyond would be presumptuous.” He said.
“In the next few days I will keep my training to a minimum, the goal is to be in perfect shape on Monday.”

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Despite his recent setbacks, 2019 has been a season of success for the world No.4. In March he won the biggest title of his career at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. He would then go on to win trophies in Barcelona and Kitzhbuel. However, in the grand slams he has been less consistent. At the French Open Thiem reached the final, but has failed to win back-to-back matches at both the Australian Open (second round) and Wimbledon (first round). Although at the Australian Open he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to illness.

The US Open will get underway on Monday.

Dominic Thiem at the US Open

2018
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Quarter-Finals 1
Rafael Nadal ESP
L 60 46 57 764 675
Round of 16 5
Kevin Anderson RSA
W 75 62 762
Round of 32 74
Taylor Fritz USA
W 36 63 765 64
Round of 64 31
Steve Johnson USA
W 675 63 57 64 61
Round of 128 81
Mirza Basic BIH
W 63 61 64
2017
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 28
Juan Martin del Potro ARG
L 61 62 16 671 46
Round of 32 34
Adrian Mannarino FRA
W 75 63 64
Round of 64 108
Taylor Fritz USA
W 64 64 46 75
Round of 128 186
Alex de Minaur AUS
W 64 61 61
2016
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 142
Juan Martin del Potro ARG
L 36 23 (RET)
Round of 32 39
Pablo Carreno Busta ESP
W 16 64 64 75
Round of 64 89
Ricardas Berankis LTU
W 64 63 62
Round of 128 66
John Millman AUS
W 63 26 57 64 63
2015
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 32 14
Kevin Anderson RSA
L 36 673 673
Round of 64 70
Denis Istomin UZB
W 64 64 10 (RET)
Round of 128 76
Daniel Gimeno-Traver ESP
W 75 63 75
2014
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 7
Tomas Berdych CZE
L 16 26 46
Round of 32 21
Feliciano Lopez ESP
W 64 62 63
Round of 64 12
Ernests Gulbis LTA
W 46 36 64 63 63
Round of 128 84
Lukas Lacko SLO
W 63 63 62

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Denis Shapovalov wins Next Gen clash against Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the quarter final in Winston Salem

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Denis Shapovalov beat Serbian Next Gen Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 16 minutes in Winston Salem winning two consecutive matches for the first time since he reached the Miami Open semifinal last March.

 

Shapovalov won 80 % of his service points and fended off four of the six break points he faced.

The Canadian Next Gen player earned six break points in the second game of the first set, but Kecmanovic saved them. Shapovalov earned the break in the fourth game at 15 to build up a 3-1 lead.

Shapovalov went up a double break in the next game after a forehand error from Kecmanovic. The Canadian player wrapped up wrapped up the first set 6-2 with two winners and two double faults from Kecmanovic after 37 minutes.

Shapovalov went up a 3-0 lead with a break, but he wasted three break points in the fourth game. Kecmanovic broke back to draw level to 3-3 and earned two break points in the seventh game, but Shapovalov saved them with two winners. The North American star broke serve in the next game to open up a 5-3 lead. Shapovalov hit four winners in the ninth game to close out the match.

Shapovalov is currently working with Mikhail Youzhny, who returned in St. Petersburg last September and is sitting in his coaching box in Winston Salem.

“Miomir is a very tough opponent. I have played him a lot in the past. We have had some crazy battles. I am really happy with the way I am playing”,said Shapovalov.

Shapovalov set up a match against Andrey Rublev, who battled past Sam Querrey 7-4 (7-4) 7-6 (12-10). In the tie-break of the second set Rublev saved three set points and Querrey fended off two match points. Rublev hit a forehand winner at 10-11 on Querrey’s serve to seal the win after 1 hour and 54 minutes. Rublev took a re-match against Querrey, who beat the young Russian player at Wimbledon in straight sets.

“It’s a special win for me. He just destroyed me, and now we had a great fight, and we were so close and I was a little more lucky”, said Rublev.

 Frances Tiafoe advanced to his fourth quarter final and his first since May when Filip Krajinovic had to withdraw from the match after losing the first set 6-2. Tiafoe went up a double break to race out to a 5-0 lead.

Hubert Hurkacz got three breaks to build up a 6-3 3-1 lead, when Feliciano Lopez was forced to retire from the match after 55 minutes.

Pablo Carreno Busta cruised past Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 6-0 after 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach his fourth quarter final of the season. Sonego got an early break to open up a 4-1 lead in the first set. Carreno Busta broke back in the sixth game before converting his sixth set point in the tie-break. The Spaniard broke three times to cruise to a bagel win in the second set after 25 minutes.

Benoit Paire came back from losing the first set to beat French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Paire broke serve, when Humbert was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set. Paire went up a double break to a 4-1 lead. Humbert converted his third break-back point in the eighth point, but Paire broke for the third time to seal the win.

John Millman cruised past Robin Haase 6-3 6-4 setting up a quarter final match against Steve Johnson, who beat Casper Ruud 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

 

 

 

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Andy Murray To Play Rafa Nadal Open

The former world No.1 has announced where he will play next as his comeback from injury continues.

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Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray is returning back to the Challenger tour for the first time since the year he turned professional back in 2005.

 

The Brit is set to take to the court in Manacor next week to play in a hard court tournament named after his rival Rafael Nadal. Murray is currently in the process of stepping up his comeback from a second hip operation earlier this year. The Rafa Nadal Open will be only his third singles tournament since January. Murray has previously lost in the first rounds at Cincinnati and Winston-Salem to Richard Gasquet and Tennys Sandgren.

Murray, who is currently ranked 329th in the world, had previously hinted that he may return back to the lower levels of competition in order to help regain his form. It will be the first time he has played a Challenger tournament since the 2005 Mons Open.

“I’m quite aware of sort of where I’m at just now and what my level is. It’s competitive at this level but it needs to be better,” Murray told atptour.com last week.
“Maybe I need to play a level down to get some matches and build my game up a little bit before I start playing on the Tour again.”

The 32-year-old had declined a wild card invitation to play at next week’s US Open due to concerns that he wouldn’t be fit enough to contest best-of-five set matches. He reached the second round of the tournament last year before losing to Fernando Vertdasco.

Murray’s return to the Challenger Tour is expected to be short lived. He has already confirmed his intention to play a duo of ATP Tournaments in Zhuhai and Shanghai. On Wednesday he added the European Open in Antwerp to his schedule, where a maximum of 250 ranking points will be on offer.

“With Andy Murray on our tournament poster, we are now reaching absolute world class and taking the European Open to an unprecedented level in Belgium.” Said tournament director Dick Norman.

Since his comeback in June, Murray has won one title on the ATP Tour. Doing so alongside Feliciano Lopez in the men’s doubles at The Fever-tree Championships.

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