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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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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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