Internazionali BNL d'Italia Interviews. Andy Murray: “I played a poor game at 4-2, I rushed a little bit. I had to be patient” - UBITENNIS
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Internazionali BNL d'Italia Interviews. Andy Murray: “I played a poor game at 4-2, I rushed a little bit. I had to be patient”



TENNIS Internazionali BNL d’Italia – R. Nadal d. A. Murray 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. An interview with Andy Murray.


Q:You played a hell of a match, what’s your feeling about this match: are you proud of the level?

ANDY MURRAY: I expect to play well, that’s pleasing, obviously I am disappointed about the game I play on the 4-2, after that game I was still in a good position but against him he didn’t give you a lot of chances: that was my chance, I play a poor game and I am disappointed about that. He finished the match incredibly well, the last three games, he was physically a little bit stronger than me at the end. Apart from that it was a good match. I did pretty well, he changes his tactics a little bit and when he did that I went in a period in the 2nd set where I had I few mistakes and I cannot correct them in the 3rd. I would have liked to have done a little bit better, but I did pretty well for the majority. The things is frustrating because I played him a lot of times and my record is not so good but I think I played good matches giving him a lot of problem. I would have liked to have won the match of tonight because I had the opportunity. I didn’t feel his game changed, there are few things he does differently than before.

Q:You played incredibly well compared to how you played Fognini in Naples, but then what happens on the 4-2 game?

ANDY MURRAY: He definitely finishes the match strongly and I respect, but I played a poor game at 4-2, I rushed a little bit. I had to be patient and wait for the right shot.

Q:How this match change your confidence before the French open?

ANDY MURRAY: It didn’t change my confidence too much because I felt like I have started playing better for a couple of weeks. I felt my game is getting there, I don’t feel people respect the severity…what is like to have back surgery. It’s a hard thing to come back, it takes time. I feel like now I am getting close to where I want to be and that’s pleasing with a couple a big months ahead. To be honest at the start of the match I didn’t expect to go out there and be 5-0 in 25 minutes. But after the 1st set I started the 2nd fairly well: I had break points on his serve. That was the tough period of the match for me for 15-20 minutes. Tonight was the best on hit the ball for a while and it’s the best I felt physically since the surgery as well. The beginning of the year was tough for me and I expect this kind of feeling process, I feel like now I am hitting the ball clearly, there are few thing that I can do better and I am going to work on it for the next 10 days. To be honest, play Rafa is quite a big challenge like play tennis: I want to play those matches, want to be very competitive in those match. For everyone else seems that I have nothing to lose, but against Rafa is one of the toughest to do in our sport. I was pretty pumped to try to win and this also put pressure on yourself performance.

Q:Do you think you have enough time to regain the strength to play a Slam at the best of five?

ANDY MURRAY: I hope so. The thing about tonight’s match was the weather conditions that was extremely heavy. You had to put a lot of effort in every shot to get the good pace to the ball and was quite tough for the legs. I expect to feel better in 10 days, I trained hard for the last couple of weeks before Madrid and here. Now I’ll take few days rest and be ready for the French and feel good


Kyle Edmund Confirms Split With Coach After Early Exit In Chengdu

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



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 “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



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.



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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