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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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Kyle Edmund Confirms Split With Coach After Early Exit In Chengdu

It is a turbulent time for the former Australian Open semi-finalist.

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Kyle Edmund’s recent lull in form is showing no signs of letting up after he crashed out in the first round of the Chengdu Open in China.

 

The seventh seed could only win five games during his 6-2, 6-3, loss to Chile’s Christian Garin. A player ranked just one spot below him in the ATP rankings at 33rd. During the 72-minute encounter, Edmund won 50% of his service points compared to his opponents tally of 75%. He was also broken two consecutive times in both sets.

“I think it’s my best match this year on hard court for sure,” Garin told atptour.com. “Kyle is a tough opponent to face in the first round, so I’m very happy with the way I played.”

Edmund has now lost four consecutive matches on the tour dating back to the Rogers Cup in August. Something that last occurred during the European clay-court swing of the tour earlier this year. However, two of those losses were to rising star Daniil Medvedev, who has won more matches than any other ATP player so far in 2019.

Shortly after his exit from Chengdu, Edmund confirmed that he has parted ways with coach Mark Hilton. A former professional tennis player who reached the second round of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. The two officially ended their partnership last week.

Until a replacement is found, Edmund will be guided in Asia by Colin Beecher. Beecher had worked with Edmund in the past and is the former captain of the British Fed Cup team. The 48-year-old is also currently working with Dan Evans, who is also without a permanent coach.

Evans faired better on the first day of competition in Chengdu. Taking on Chinese world No.222 Bai Yan, he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), victory after two-and-a-half hours of play. Evans was down a break twice in the decider before fighting back to clinch victory. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.

Evans has now recorded 36 wins in 2019 compared to 17 for Edmund. Although Edmund has been hampered by a knee issue in recent months.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.

 

 

 

 

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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.

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Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.

 

The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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