TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – Defending champion Andy Murray got through to the quarter final at Wimbledon for the seventh consecutive year by beating Kevin Anderson in three sets with 6-4 6-3 7-6(6) under the Centre Court roof on a day disrupted by rain. Murray will take on 2014 Queen’s champion Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter final. Murray has not dropped a single set so far in the whole tournament. Diego Sampaolo
Murray got the first break of the match in the third game of the opening set to go up 2-1 and held serve in the next game. Anderson held serve in the fifth game for 3-2. Murray held serve in his next service games to pull away 5-3. Anderson clawed his way back to 4-5 but Murray won the next game to clinch the first set with 6-4 after 43 minutes
Anderson saved six break points but Murray finally managed to convert his seventh break point opportunity in the first game of the second set when Anderson hit a volley wide. Murray consolidated the break by holding serve in the second game.
Murray got a double break to cruise to 3-0 before the match was interrupted by rain. After the match resumed half an hour later Anderson posed a more serious threat to Murray and managed to reclaim one of the two breaks before earning a point to draw level to 3-3. Murray was put under threat but got his fourth break of the match before clinching the second set with 6-3.
Murray did not convert five break point chances at 4-3 in the third set which came down to the tie-break where the Scotsman had to fend off a set point with a big serve before clinching the win with 8-6 with a backhand into the corner after two hours and 32 minutes.
With this win he has improved his winning streak at Wimbledon to 17 consecutive matches since the 2012 final where he lost against Roger Federer.
Murray hit 11 aces and committed 2 double faults. He won 81 % of his first serve points. He hit 49 winners to 12 unforced errors but he converted just four of his 19 break point chances.
Anderson hit nine aces and won 64% of his first serve points. He hit 41 winners and committed 20 unforced errors. He converted one of his three break points.
“When it was outdoors, I played very well and was in good position, but when we came indoors he was striking the ball better and serving better and I was dropping shorter. That meant that there was a lot more running at the end and I got more tentative because he was playing very well. It was good win. He made it tough”, said Murray.
Murray set up a quarter final against Grigor Dimitrov who beat Leandro Mayer in three sets with 6-4 7-6(6) 6-2. The match was interrupted by rain when Dimitrov was leading 6-5 in the second set. The Bulgarian player converted three of his five break points and hit 34 winners and 10 aces. He has won his eight consecutive match. This winning streak includes his win at the Queen’s where he defeated Feliciano Lopez in the final.
Dimitrov has reached his second Grand Slam quarter final of the season after the Australian Open last January.
Murray could meet Novak Djokovic in a potential semifinal. Djokovic beat Jo Wilfred Tsonga in the quarter final. If Murray and Djokovic meet in the semifinal, it could be a re-match of last year’s final where the Scotsman became the first Briton to win at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
(VIDEO) Novak Djokovic Makes Tearful Tribute To Mentor Kobe Bryant After Australian Open Win
The world No.2 pays his respect to ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time’ on the Rod Laver Arena.
World No.2 Novak Djokovic shed tears following his quarter-final win over Milos Raonic after paying tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
The 16-time grand slam champion took to the Rod Laver Arena wearing a green zip-up top. On the top right of his jacket with Bryant’s initial along with the numbers 8 and 24. The jersey numbers Bryant worn throughout his 20-year NBA career with the LA Lakers. A love heart was also placed under the numbers on Djokovic’s top.
“’I don’t know what we could say. It really caught us by surprise.” An emotional Djokovic said during his on-court interview with John McEnroe on Tuesday.
‘He was one of the greatest athletes of all time, he inspired myself and many other people around the world. I had that fortune to have a personal relationship with him over the last 10 years.’
‘When I needed some advice and support, he was there for me. He was my mentor, my friend, it’s just heartbreaking to see what has happened to him and his daughter. It’s unbelievable.’
Bryant was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. As an athlete, he achieved numerous milestones. Including being named the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also a two-time Olympic gold medallist and played in 18 All Star Games.
Just days before Bryant’s death, Djokovic spoke about their friendship during an interview with ESPN. Praising him for the support he received during his elbow injury and fall in the rankings during 2017 and the start of 2018. Reflecting on the conversations the two have had, he said he received some ‘valuable guidance.’
“Kobe has been one of my mentors,” Djokovic told ESPN. “I’ve had several phone conversations with him and also of course when we see each other live in the past couple of years. When I was going through the injury with my elbow and struggling to mentally and emotionally handle all of these different things that were happening to me and dropping in the Rankings and then having to work my way up, he was one of the people who was really there for me to give me some very valuable advice and guidelines to kind of believe and trust in myself, trust the process that I’ll be back.”
Djokovic will play Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
The tribute can be watched below (from 00:30 to 01:40)
Dominic Thiem reaches his first quarter final at the Australian Open
Dominic Thiem eased past Gael Monfils 6-2 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 50 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open. Thiem has extended his winning streak to 6-0 in his head-to-head matches against Monfils.
He fought back from two sets to one down to beat Australia’s Alex Bolt in the second round, but he won eight of his past nine sets to advance to the quarter finals.
Thiem got two breaks in the first set and never faced a single break point in the entire match. The Austrian player converted his fourth break point after three deuces, as Monfils missed a backhand volley wide. Thiem started the third set with an early break in the first game, as Monfils hit an inside-out forehand wide from the middle of the court wide. Thiem won his next service games and held his final game at love.
Thiem will face Rafael Nadal in a re-match of last year’s Roland Garros final.
“I think that I played my best match so far at this year’s Australian Open. It’s a very good feeling. The score looks way easier than the match was. I think I was lucky to make an early break in each set and I was managing to hold my serve well. I am so happy because I am in the quarter final here for the first time”, said Thiem.
Alexander Zverev tops Andrey Rublev to set Australian Open quarter final against Stan Wawrinka
Alexander Zverev beat his friend Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open for the first time in his career and his third at Grand Slam level.
Zverev broke serve once in each set. The German player has not dropped a set at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.
Zverev ended Rublev’s 15-match winning streak. Rublev had not lost a match since October, winning four matches at the Davis Cup last November and back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide.
In the opening set Zverev earned his first break at 3-3, as Rublev hit a forehand into the net. He held his serve to consolidate the break and wrapped up the first set after 29 minutes, when Rublev hit a crosscourt backhand wide.
Zverev started the second set with an immediate break in the first game of the second set and closed it out with a hold at love with an ace after 29 minutes.
Zverev broke serve for the third time in the match in the ninth game of the third set to take a 5-4, when Rublev made a groundstroke error, and sealed the win with a forehand volley.
“It feels amazing. I played some great matches against some great opponents. This is Andrey’s first loss of the season, having won two tournaments and getting through to the fourth round with unbelievable tennis. I have known Andrey since we were ten years old. I think he will be top 15, top 10 very soon. I am just happy and I hope I can continue”,said Zverev.
Zverev will face Stan Wawrinka in the quarter final. The German star beat Wawrinka twice in their previous two head-to-head matches in St. Petersburg 2016 and Miami 2017.
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