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Andy Murray: “It was a good serving performance today, especially when I was down in games”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 29th of May 2014. A. Murray d. M. Matosevic 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. An interview with Andy Murray

 

Q. Have you served that well in a little while? Looked pretty good.

ANDY MURRAY: I served fairly well a couple of weeks ago, I said at the time, in Madrid and stuff. Even though the rest of my game wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I said at the time I was feeling like I was serving well.

It was a good serving performance today, especially when I was down in games, in the game I got broken right at the end it was not down to my serving, really. I just missed a few other shots.

But it was good serving.

 

Q. That was a very comprehensive victory. There were moments you were getting pretty cross with yourself, calling yourself an idiot and all that kind of thing.

ANDY MURRAY: I think when you guys are that close to the court, you’re going to pick up on everything that’s said during the match.

But, you know, from a player’s perspective, beginning of the sets and in the early rounds of slams when you get up a set, the beginning of sets are very important to try and get ahead whilst the opponent’s head is down a little bit.

And there was a couple games right at the beginning of the set where I had opportunities to break. One very long deuce game. I had Love 40, and maybe it took me six or seven breakpoints to get it.

But, you know, I was just trying to make sure that my intensity was there every moment, especially at the beginning of the sets.

I managed to get ahead early in all of them, and that helped.

 

Q. HBO show, “NHL,” they mic up the players during the games. You hear the things they say to each other, colorful cursing, it can be entertaining. Do you ever think how entertaining if you were ever mic’d up during one of your matches, talking to yourself?

ANDY MURRAY: I think a lot of the players it would be very interesting. I think the players that speak in English everybody picks up on that.

But some of the stuff, and I have said it before, some of the stuff that guys say in other languages a lot worse than, you know, the couple of words that I tend to use on the court. There is a few phrases that some of the guys use, and they’re not pretty.

 

Q. Spanish, you’re talking about, particularly?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, yeah. Yeah, some of the ones in Spanish aren’t great. Some of the Italian phrases, as well, are not so good. Some of the Serbian phrases also aren’t great, either (laughter).

I’m not the only one that talks to myself. Yeah, I think what I say is fairly mild compared to the guys that speak the other languages that people don’t pick up on.

 

Q. There are lots of rumors about who is going to be your next coach. Last one was Amélie Mauresmo. How do you feel about that? Is it annoying you? Do you have fun about it?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, you know, to be honest, ever since, you know, I stopped working with Ivan, there has been a lot of different names that people are mentioned. Obviously Amélie this week. There was Wilander. There has been Bjorkman, John McEnroe, Navratilova, Leon Smith, who is the Davis Cup captain, Bob Brett. There has been a lot of people that people have talked about.

You just have to, yeah, just kind of put up with it. When the time is right I will make an announcement. But nothing to say just yet.

 

Q. What was it that you liked so much about Taylor Townsend yesterday?

ANDY MURRAY: I love the way she played tennis, basically. She played    she’s just a really nice player to watch. She hits the ball great. She’s very talented. She volleys. You don’t see that much now    don’t really see it on the men or the women’s tour at all.

She had dropshots, she had angles, good attitude. Yeah, she was just very fun to watch. She’s going to be a very good player.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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