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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Andy Murray Fights Back To Reach First ATP Final In 27 Months

The Brit was in impressive form against America’s Reilly Opelka.

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Andy Murray (GBR) AELTC/Simon Bruty

Former world No.1 Andy Murray is on the verge of re-entering the world’s top 100 after battling into his first Tour final since 2019 at the Sydney International on Friday.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion recovered from a set down to beat Reilly Opelka 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4 in a marathon clash which lasted almost two-and-a-half hours. Murray, who is currently ranked 110 places lower than his American opponent, faced just one break point in the match which he saved. Impressively the Brit produced 16 aces and won 88% of his first service points. After dropping the opening tiebreak, he managed to turn the match around in his favour by breaking Opelka once in each of the next two sets.

“I love competing. You want to try to finish the matches if you can but I lost a tight first set and not easy to come back against someone who serves like that. I kept fighting… and managed to get the win,” said Murray who produced just 10 unforced errors.

It is the second time this week Murray has beaten a seeded player in Sydney after edging out second seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets. He also beat eighth seed David Goffin in the quarter-finals who was forced to retire whilst trailing 6-2 due to injury.

The 34-year-old has reached his first Tour final since winning the 2019 European Open when he defeated Stan Wawrinka. He now has a shot at claiming his 48th ATP title on Saturday where he will play either compatriot Dan Evans or Aslan Karatsev.

“It would be amazing to start the year with a win,” he said. “It’s been a great week for me, great progress against anything I’ve done in the past year. I’ll go for 47 tomorrow. It’s been a good week. I’ve played better with each match.”

It has been two years since Murray last played a tournament on Australian soil. Back then he was facing the prospect of having to retire from the sport due to a serious hip injury but later received resurfacing surgery which has enabled him to continue playing. Murray now plays with a metal rod inserted into his hip.

Should he prevail in Saturday’s final, Murray will crack the top 100 for the first time since May 2018.

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Bernard Tomic Tells Umpire He Thinks He Has Covid During Australian Open Qualifying Match

The tennis player says he is ‘really sick’ after crashing out of the tournament.

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Bernard Tomic has taken a swipe at Australian Open officials over their testing system for COVID-19.

 

The former top 20 player crashed out in the first round of the qualifying tournament to Roman Safiullin, who impressed many during the ATP Cup last week. Tomic was on the court for less than an hour as he lost 6-1, 6-4. This was the first match he had played since September 2021.

During the second set of his clash with Safiullin, the 29-year-old was heard telling umpire Aline Da Rocha Nocinto that he believes he has COVID-19. Saying he would ‘buy her a meal’ if he was wrong.

“I’m sure in the next two days I will test positive, I’m telling you,” he said.
“I’ll buy you dinner if I don’t test positive in three days, otherwise you buy me dinner.”

Venting his frustration, Tomic said he was shocked that no official PCR tests are required for players, just rapid tests. However, Tennis Australia later clarified that all players must complete a PCR test before participating in the tournament and their result must be negative in order to play.

“They’re allowing players to come on court with rapid tests in their room, c’mon … no official PCR testing,” he continued.

Following the match Tomic posted an update on his Instagram account saying that he is currently feeling ‘really sick’ and has been asked by doctors to isolate in his room. During the match he did have a medical time out and was seen checking for his own pulse.

“Feeling really sick, I’m now back in my hotel room,” Tomic wrote.
“Just spoke to the doctors on site and they’ve asked me to isolate. They couldn’t treat me yet to avoid contact.
“Thank you for all the support on the court today. I really appreciate it! I’ll do better next time.
“Very disappointed as I really wanted to make Aussies proud and perform well on my home turf.”

Tomic has not commented on why he decided to play his match if he believed he could have covid. It is also unclear as to what symptoms he experienced leading up to today or the severity of them.

In a separate development, Portugal’s Nuno Borges was forced to pull out of the qualifying draw after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Eight Questions For Novak Djokovic

So far Djokovic has been anything but transparent. His positive COVID-19 result was made known by the lawyers, not him. He trusted Craig Tiley’s assurances that he misinformed him. Here are the questions we would ask him.

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Novak Djokovic at the 2021 Rolex Paris Masters (Credit: Roberto Dell'Olivo)

By Roberto Ferri

For several weeks the troubled events relating Novak Djokovic and his participation in the Australian Open have been taking place.

 

For the few who still do not know them, I will summarize them briefly.

In order to take part in the 2022 edition of the Australian Open it is necessary to have completed the vaccination cycle against Covid-19 or, alternatively, to have requested from the competent local medical authorities a certificate of exemption.

On January 4, Djokovic announced in a post that he had obtained medical exemption and was on his way to Australia. Some may say it was kind of naive post, but it’s hard to believe that it was his responsibility to check consistency between the exemption that had got and the Australian federal laws.

Before his arrival at the Melbourne airport, the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison – perhaps under the pressure of a large part of national and international public opinion who had immediately expressed their discontent with this concession – declared: “Djokovic will be sent home on the first plane if he is unable to provide sufficient evidence to support his exemption from vaccination ”.

Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on January 5th but his visa to enter the country is rejected by the border authorities.

Tension rose between Australia and Serbia with the Serbian government summoning the Australian ambassador.

Djokovic’s lawyers are appealing against the visa refusal; the judge in charge of examining the appeal reserves the right to make a decision on Monday 10th January.

While awaiting the sentence, Djokovic is accompanied to a hotel of the lowest level; many fans of the champion gather in front of the hotel to protest in his favour.

In Serbia, Djokovic’s father made a series of statements in which he compares his son to Spartacus and Jesus, we assume not necessarily in this order of importance.

In the meantime, through the papers supporting the appeal filed with the Melbourne court, we learn that Djokovic had requested an exemption because he recently recovered from COVID and that he had obtained it from the Medical Director of Tennis Australia on December 30th. In the same documents we read that Djokovic’s positivity to COVID was ascertained through a molecular test carried out on December 16th.

If we (UbiTennis) had the chance, I would like to put these eight 8 questions to the Serbian champion:

1- The documents filed by your lawyers state that on December 16th you took the test for COVID 19. Why did you take it that very day?

2- On what day did you know your test result?

3- In this circumstance you considered it appropriate not to publicly reveal your positive result unlike what you did in June 2020. Why?

4- Between the day you learned about your positivity and the following days did you take part in public events?

5- If you took part in public events, what precautions did you take to avoid transmitting the infection?

6- When you arrived at Melbourne airport did you have complete documentation that provided all the evidence supporting the exemption?

7- If you had not contracted COVID you would have not been able to apply for vaccine exemption; what alternative strategy did you plan to participate to the Australian Open?

8- Would you get vaccinated if it were the only option to be able to take part in ATP and ITF tournaments during 2022?

Is Novak Djokovic going to answer them?

Only time will tell.

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