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Andy Murray: “Stopping the match probably helped me a little bit”

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–>TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 1st of May 2014. A. Murray d. P. Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10. An interview with Andy Murray

 

Q. You seemed to be unhappy last night that it had gone into five sets, but how proud are you with how you came through that test?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well, I mean, obviously I was up in every set, and, yeah, to not finish at the end of the fourth set when I was up 4 2 serving 30 Love was obviously tough.

But, you know, physically in the fifth set I was struggling. You know, I was cramping. So I was disappointed obviously that I wasn’t able to finish in four sets.

But at the same time, you know, stopping the match probably helped me a little bit, because if I had played seven or eight more games, probably wouldn’t have been great.

But today was a pretty high standard, I thought, for probably the best standard of the match I think from both of us. You know, he came up with some great shots when he was behind in games today. I thought both of us served a little bit better. It was a good finish to the match.

 

Q. Did you go into the match with any physical issues, or was it something that came on during the match? What did you do last night?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I was cramping. That was what it was. It wasn’t something I went into the match with.

And, yeah, it was the first five set match I played since my surgery. Yeah, it was, you know, obviously playing late, heavy conditions, so it is tough on the legs in the evening.

He makes you do a lot of running, as well. He uses the angles extremely well. Yeah, once he’s in control of the point, it’s tough to, you know, tough to get him out of that.

So, yeah, I did quite a lot of running last night. I was glad I managed to come through.

 

Q. You said a bit on court about having trouble sleeping. Were you sort of dreaming about the match, or what was going on?

ANDY MURRAY: No, no, not dreaming. Just waking up. When you finish that late and you have to come back and play, you know, early ish the next day, obviously the adrenaline    the way the match finished yesterday, it wasn’t like we stopped at, you know, a comfortable stage in the match.

When you know you have to come back and it’s 7 All the next day and every single point counts, basically you need to get off to a big start. You’re obviously going to be a bit anxious and a bit nervous when you go to sleep and then also when you wake up in the night, same thing is going to happen.

Yeah, not the best night’s sleep.

 

Q. Verdasco next. He probably gave you your toughest match at Wimbledon last year. Would you say that playing on clay gives him an advantage?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, not many people think I play particularly well on clay, so I would say that would give him an edge there. He’s obviously had some good results on clay.

But he plays well on every surface, indoors, he’s had good results on grass. Also, yeah, obviously the clay, as well.

Yeah, it will be a tough match, for sure. When he plays, he plays well. He’s incredibly talented, very, very tough player. I need to play a good match and do everything I can to be fresh for tomorrow.

 

Q. With reference to that last question, do you feel you’re playing as well as you have ever done on clay at the moment? If so, what kind of little adjustments do you put that down to?

ANDY MURRAY: I played well on clay the last few weeks, that’s for sure. You know, this last match against Philipp was, it could have been one of my best wins if I managed to close out the fourth set, because he’s a very, very tough player. He’s playing well just now. Obviously ended up becoming an extremely tough match.

But, yeah, today is a very good win for me to beat a player like him on this surface. And, yeah, hopefully I can keep improving, keep learning.

You know, there are certain things I can learn from today’s match that, you know, if I do sort of take on board the things that I didn’t do so well at times and hopefully I can make some adjustments for the next match and play better.

 

Q. Your record in five set matches is one of the best around. Is that one of the statistics that you’re most proud of?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, obviously I didn’t feel great physically last night, whereas in a lot of the other five set matches I have played I have felt very good. So this was a very tough one for me to come through.

But, yeah, that’s really the point of doing the training. You know, I think I lost my first few five set matches. I was like 1 4 or something at the start, so I have won quite a few of my last 15, 16 five setters. That’s what the training is for.

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Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert seal a hard-fought win in decisive doubles match

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Ten-time Davis Cup champions France beat Japan 2-1 scoring the fifth win in as many Davis Cup matches against the Asian team.

 

French star Jo Wilfried Tsonga reeled off seven games from 4-2 in the first set to beat Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-2 6-1 in 58 minutes in his 12th Davis Cup season.

Tsonga saved two break points and converted four of the five break points. The Frenchman held four service games and broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to take a 6-2 lead.

Tsonga broke twice in the second and fourth games and closed out the match in the seventh game after saving two break points.

“It was very important for our team to start well. I am also happy about my game, what I did today, so I hope it continues like this”, said Tsonga.

 Yoshihito Nishioka claimed 9 of the last 11 games in his 7-5 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in 66 minutes to level the score at 1-1 sending the tie into a decisive doubles match. The Japanese player saved one break point and earned two breaks to seal the win in straight sets.

“I wanted to show to the whole world Japan are still strong. Of course, if Key was here we would be strong, but even when he is not here, we can play. Hopefully next time Kei is here and we can play better”, said Nishioka.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the first set and stayed neck and neck until the 11th game of the first set when Nishioka got the break at 5-5 to seal the first set. Nishioka broke twice to seal the second set 6-2.

Last week’s ATP Finals doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert fought back from losing the first set to beat Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchyama 6-7 6-4 7-5 after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

After losing the first set at the tie-break, Herbert and Mahut broke serve in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. Herbert and Mahut went up a break in the third set. Uchiyama and Nishioka got the break back in the 10th game, when Herbert and Mahut were serving for the match. Mahut and Herbert got another break at 5-5 and held at 15 to seal the decisive win for France.

“They played at a very high level. We know we have arrived late from London, but the captain had a lot of confidence in our team. We were 1-1, we really had to win to give France the win. There was a lot of intensity in the win but we are really happy today, this was a really difficult tie”, said Mahut.  

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid

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Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy

 

Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London

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The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.

 

Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.

 

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