Mutua Madrid Open 2014 Interviews. Andy Murray: “It's been a tough ten days. I had an idea what was going on with Elena because my mom is very close with her and her husband.” - UBITENNIS
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Mutua Madrid Open 2014 Interviews. Andy Murray: “It's been a tough ten days. I had an idea what was going on with Elena because my mom is very close with her and her husband.”

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TENNIS Mutua Madrid Open 2014 – A. Murray d. N. Almagro 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. An interview with Andy Murray.

 

Q. I suspect for many reasons that was quite an emotional win for you tonight. I think the way you signed the camera afterwards showed where your heart is.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, it’s been a tough ten days or so. I kind of kind of had an idea what was going on with Elena because my mom is obviously very close with her and her husband.

So, yeah, it’s been a tough couple weeks.

 

Q. How are you feeling physically? Seemed to have a few issues with your hip. Is that right?

ANDY MURRAY: No, no. I was okay. I mean, I thought I moved very well this evening. Didn’t feel like anything going on in my body hindered my movement.

First match after a month there is always things that were going to feel a little bit different to when you played a lot of the matches, but I thought I moved well this evening.

That was a good sign.

 

Q. Did the break that Almagro had to have his foot looked at disrupt your rhythm for the second set?

ANDY MURRAY: No. Well, I’ve had it in quite a few matches this year where if I got ahead at the beginning of the second set, because I broke him straight after he had the timeout, and then I may have had game point on my serve in the next game, but I was up in that game, I think.

Then if I got ahead 2 Love, then I think it could have been a bit more comfortable. But when I got broken there he started playing much better. He got himself into the match. Yeah, unfortunately I couldn’t hang in at the middle the second set.

 

Q. There were times when you were almost smiling quite broadly. Is that frustration with yourself that you weren’t perhaps beating him more comfortably than was the case?

ANDY MURRAY: No, it wasn’t that. Am I not allowed to smile?

 

Q. No, it was good. Just curious as to what made you be in such a mood.

ANDY MURRAY: No, nothing to do with me expecting to beat him more or not. I was just smiling on court, which I’m also allowed to do.

 

Q. No, it’s good.

ANDY MURRAY: Thank you.

 

Q. Congratulations, Andy. Just like to ask you how you feel about your next opponent, Santiago. He’s been playing very well.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he played very well in Barcelona. Saw a little bit of I think it was the semifinal match in Barcelona. Maybe it was the quarterfinal match. It was against Kohlschreiber, I think. Quarterfinal, semifinal, it doesn’t matter really.

Yeah, he’s playing some good tennis. He likes the clay. I played him before at the French Open a couple years ago. I played a good match against him, but he’s gotten a new coach. He’s working with Fernando González, so it’s exciting for him.

Yeah, he obviously had a good win today. I didn’t see it, but he’s obviously playing well.

 

Q. I’m doing something on Caroline Garcia, the French woman and your famous tweet. Did you have a conversation with her since this famous tweet?

ANDY MURRAY: I say hi to her every time I walk past. I’ve never spoken to her at length. A lot of people have made fun of me for the last couple years about that tweet.

Now they’re getting more and more quiet because she’s very, very good, and she’s going to continue to get better. I really like the way she plays. I think physically I saw quite a big difference in her this year compared with last year.

She won her first tournament a few weeks ago. Yeah, she obviously had a couple walkovers here. But, yeah, she’s playing very well. She’s going to keep getting better.

 

Q. Can I just ask what most pleased about your performance this evening?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I won the match against a top clay-court player. The start of the match, you know, it’s tough to look into it that much.

I didn’t make many errors. I was playing solid. I served well. Then, yeah, the next two sets I obviously had to win one of them to get the win. I hung in and got the job done.

It’s what I needed to do. He’s a very tough guy to beat on this surface. Certainly moving a lot better at the end of the match and hitting the ball a lot bigger than he was at the beginning.

So that was a good one for me to come through. Winning is normally the only thing that matters in sport.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.

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Alexander Zverev (GER) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

 

The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…

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Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.

 

It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Sidesteps Question Over Vaccination Status

The Greek also jokes that he will be having less bathroom breaks in Indian Wells due to one particular reason.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas has declined to confirm if he has received a COVID-19 vaccination despite previously saying he planned to do so later this year.

 

The world No.3 was questioned about the vaccination during his pre-tournament press conference at Indian Wells on Wednesday. Earlier this year Tsitsipas came under fire after saying he doesn’t see a reason why somebody his age needs to be vaccinated and expressed concerns over the potential side effects. He also added that young people catching COVID-19 is a good thing as it helps build up their immunity. Prompting criticism from various people, including a spokesperson for the Greek government.

However, in recent weeks Tsitsipas has changed his stance on the issue and recently told Antenna TV that he will have his first dose by the end of this year. When asked by a reporter in Indian Wells if he has had it yet, the French Open finalist declined to answer.

I’m sorry but I’m not able to provide any of my medical records,” he said.

Player vaccination rates in tennis are becoming a growing issue amid reports that the Australian Open may only allow fully vaccinated players to participate due to a health mandate which has been implemented by the local government. There is yet to be a formal announcement by Tennis Australia regarding their entry requirements. However, The Age newspaper reports that there is a ‘strong likelihood’ that only vaccinated players will be allowed entry by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

Tsitsipas’ immediate focus is on this week’s BNP Paribas Open where he is the second seed behind Daniil Medvedev. Speaking about the conditions, the 23-year-old joked it was ‘very dry’ and therefore he will be having less bathroom breaks during matches. Referring to the recent criticism he has received from some of his peers over the timing of breaks he takes.

“It’s very dry here,” Tsitsipas said.
“That is good for me because I sweat less, which makes for less bathroom breaks, which makes for less complaints. So a very good sign so far,” he added with a smile.

The hope for Tsitsipas is that he will be able to build on his recent experience at the Laver Cup where he helped Europe secure their fourth consecutive title. The event provides players with the opportunity to work alongside each other in a team format. Something Tsitsipas relished but he is ready to get back to singles duty.

“I think team competitions are necessary for our sport and we don’t get to be united a lot,” he said. “We always kind of focus on ourselves and our things and environment and that is what you usually see on Tour. Players doing their own thing. Not much socialising.
“At the Laver Cup, we all get to have dinners together and all get to hang out with each other. Of course, though, we all have our competitiveness and if we get stuck around we might share too much with one another, that is the mentality behind it.”

Tsitsipas is yet to win a main draw match in Indian Wells. He will start his 2021 bid against either qualifier Roberto Marcora or Spain’s Pedro Martinez.

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