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Andy Murray: “The match against Rafa in Rome was a good match for me. It came at an important period for me, as well”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 27th of May 2014. A. Murray d. A. Golubev 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. An interview with Andy Murray

 

Q. He’s very unpredictable. Did that make it tough today as well to read what he was going to do?

ANDY MURRAY: It was tough conditions. It was obviously windy, especially with the beginning of the match, and very heavy conditions, cold and slow.

And, yeah, he also goes for his shots a lot. And, yeah, there wasn’t too much rhythm out there. It was a tricky match.

 

Q. How do you sort of rate your own performance then?

ANDY MURRAY: It was fine. I won the match. I did enough, you know, third set on the serve particularly well.

For the rest of the match I did okay. I did what I had to do, and I got myself into the tournament now.

You know, it’s been quite a few upsets here the last few days and tricky conditions. So most important thing is to get through.

 

Q. You had a few issues with the camera during the match. Was there anything different about that today from previous years?

ANDY MURRAY: I don’t have an issue with the camera being there. But when it moves as you’re tossing the ball up or it moves between serves, that’s, you know, distracting. Yeah, I just asked if the camera could just stay in one place. Then it’s fine.

But when it’s, you know, moving, moving every, you know, every serve, then it gets a bit tricky.

They have those sort of Spidercam things at a lot of the tournaments. I think they’re good, you know, when you’re watching matches, it’s good, because you can get different angles and different views of things. But just as a player, when you’re serving and it’s moving around, it’s a bit distracting.

 

Q. You talk about feeling your way into tournaments and finding ways to win when perhaps you’re not playing your best. Was that very much what you were talking about when you were speaking about the Champions League final on Saturday night and Gareth Bale was on?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, it started off I was just having a bit of fun with some of my friends. Some of my friends are Barcelona fans. And, yeah, I was just winding them up a little bit to start with. But there is, yeah, a way to point to that that, you know, just because someone doesn’t play particularly well, you know, scoring what was essentially the winning goal in a game of that magnitude when you aren’t playing well, you know, that’s what top athletes do and that’s what sportsmen do. They find ways to win or influence the outcome of matches or games when they aren’t playing best or when they have had chances and missed them.

Yeah, that was obviously what he did that night, and, you know, to be fair to him, he scored essentially the winning goal in the Champions League and he scored an incredible goal to win in the Cup del Rey, as well. I think he had a pretty good first season.

 

Q. I believe Matosevic just beat Dustin Brown. He’s your next matchup. What do you make of that matchup?

ANDY MURRAY: I saw the end of the match. I think his first Grand Slam win. I think he lost 11 or 12 in a row.

I get on very well with Marinko. He’s a funny guy. Yeah, he’s a good ball striker. He’s had some good wins on the tour as a result of maybe being a bit up and down.

But he can play good tennis. He’s a strong guy. Yeah, it will be tough.

 

Q. Did you see how he celebrated the win?

ANDY MURRAY: I saw, yeah. Did you see it?

 

Q. Yeah.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was an interesting celebration. I have not seen that before, but yeah.

 

Q. Does he deserve his Mad Dog nickname?

ANDY MURRAY: I would say so, yeah, from the time I have spent with him. I’d say that’s a good name for him.

 

Q. I have been talking to a bunch of teenagers in the draw here, and there are nine girls in the women’s draw but only two in the men, and one was a wildcard. I was wondering, why do you think the girls are doing better than the guys in terms of at a younger age? Do you have any thoughts on that?

ANDY MURRAY: I mean, in terms of like the slams and stuff, obviously with it being best of five, that’s a young age, endurance wise it’s tough. You know, I think, you know, the men’s game, the last few years have become extremely physical.

I think, you know, there’s some guys like    I mean, for me, like Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, they are both very, very good players, good teenagers, and I think there is a good chance of those two could break into top 100 fairly soon.

But, yeah, I think to get into the top 100 as a teenager, you need to be exceptional. It’s not an easy thing to do. You know, I think that’s just because your games become more physical. More guys are playing their best tennis at a later stage now around 27 years old, 28 years old, I’d say, when guys are playing their best tennis now.

 

Q. Clay hasn’t been your strongest surface over the years, but this year in Rome you pushed Rafa very close, you were close to winning against him. How much confidence would you take coming into the tournament with that performance? Do you think that you need to make many changes in your game to be more competitive on clay as compared to hard court where you’re at your best?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, you need to make adjustments to the surface like, you know, everyone does for each surface.

And, yeah, the match against Rafa in Rome was a good match for me. It came at an important period for me, as well.

Hopefully that will help me at this event. You know, if I can get myself into a position where, you know, I’m playing against those sorts of players, that match will get me confidence.

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.

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Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.

 

Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.

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One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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John Newcombe Believes The Australian Open Will Be ‘A Big Ask’ For Nick Kyrgios

The tennis legend is unsure if the former top 20 player will be fit in time for the first grand slam of 2020.

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MADRID, SPAIN - Nick Kyrgios of Australia waking to the locked room Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Kosmos Tennis)

Former world No.1 John Newcombe has cast doubts on Nick Kyrgios’ chances of going deep in the draw at the upcoming Australian Open.

 

The 75-year-old, who won seven grand slam titles during the 1960s and 1970s, believes the injury-stricken world No.30 may struggle playing best-of-five matches in Melbourne. Kyrgios missed most of the final quarter of the 2019 season due to a shoulder issue. He returned to action last month at the Davis Cup, but skipped his country’s quarter-final clash with Canada due to a collarbone injury. Overall, he has won 23 out of 37 matches played this year.

“It’s a bit of a worry that he has recurring injuries, especially around where the muscles join the joints and that’s going to be an ongoing problem for him it seems,” Newcombe told The Age.
“At the Davis Cup he’d only played four sets of singles and his shoulder started to play up again and when you’ve got an injury like that it’s hard to go out and practice a lot.
“Leading into the Australian Open – five sets is a big ask for him.”

A two-time grand slam quarter-finalist, the 24-year-old has struggled to make his mark in the majors this year. Winning just three matches in three grand slam tournaments he played in. Kyrgios missed the French Open due to injury. At his home slam, he lost in the first round for the first time since making his main draw debut back in 2014.

As well as trying to get fit in time for the start of the new season, Kyrgios will continue to be playing under a probation on the ATP Tour for ‘aggravated behaviour.’ Should he violate that, he faces the prospect of a 16-week ban from the tour.

“I can’t speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you,” Newcombe said.
“But I guess you’ve just got to learn to zip up.”

Kyrgios is set to start 2020 at the inaugural ATP Cup, which is the only team event to have both prize money and ranking points available. After that, he is set to play in the Kooyong Classic in what will be his final test prior to the Australian Open.

“I am delighted that Nick has chosen to play Kooyong again, and hopefully it acts as the perfect tune up for his Australian Open (AO) campaign and sets him up for a massive 2020 season.” Tournament director Peter Johnson said in a statement.

So far in his career, Kyrgios has won six titles. Including Acapulco and Washington this year.

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