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Andy Murray – 13th of November 2014

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TENNIS ATP FINALS 2014 – Roger Federer d. Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1. Group A

 

Q. That must have been pretty tough to get through. Can you remember a harder night on court than that?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was a tough night. I mean, yeah, I’ve lost slam finals and stuff, which has been very tough. But in terms of the way the match went, yeah, it was not ideal from my side of the court   far from it.

Q. How much of it tonight was down to your own performance and how much was it down to Roger’s?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, he played exceptionally well. That’s for sure. I mean, I can say I’m disappointed with my level tonight. But if I played well, he probably still would have won anyway.

He was playing very well. He was striking the ball very, very clean. After the first few games of the match, yeah, he played exceptionally well. Made very few mistakes. Was hitting the ball off the middle of the racquet on serve, returns.

He maybe didn’t hit his first serve as well as he can, but apart from that everything else was very clean.

Q. At the end of the match he was two points from winning 6 0, 6 0. Did you care about him not doing that? Did you sense he wanted to do that? Was it bothering you he was continuing to hit dropshots, running around second serve returns all the way to the end?

ANDY MURRAY: Obviously, 6 Love, 6 Love, I mean, that’s never happened to me in my career. I don’t think 6 Love, 6 1 has maybe happened once to me before, obviously not often. So, yeah, it’s very disappointing, especially in a match like that.

I would have obviously hoped to have done a lot better than that. It wasn’t what I was looking for when I went on the court.

In terms of the nature of the match, when he’s extremely loose like he was tonight, he was obviously through in the group, he was able to, yeah, maybe try some shots that he might not try in other situations.

But everything he tried tonight came off. He has the ability to do that.

Q. Does a defeat like that do any damage to your confidence, especially as it’s the last match of the year? Do you put it aside as I’ve lost a match and move on?

ANDY MURRAY: I won’t be able to tell you that until I start the next year. I’m obviously not going to play again until then.

But it’s not a nice way to finish the year. But, I mean, I know there’s obviously a lot for me to work on now. I didn’t feel like I was playing that badly going into the match. I’d had some good wins the last few weeks. You know, had played decent against Milos.

So obviously in that respect I know I’m going to have to put in a lot of work on the tennis court, a lot of work in on my game. If I want to start the season, you know, with an opportunity to win in Australia, I’m going to have to put in a lot of work, that’s for sure.

Q. Is there any sense in looking back at this game and trying to analyze it or is it such a freakish match that you’re better off trying to forget it as quickly as possible?

ANDY MURRAY: I’m not going to try and forget it, no. When I think about what happened, I’ll try to use it    I’m not saying I’m not ever going to look at that match positively, but I need to use it as whatever. If it’s motivation for the off season, you know, to make some changes to things.

Whatever it is, clearly I need to make some adjustments to my game. Yeah, that’s the one positive is that I now have six, seven weeks before the next tournament. I have time to work on some stuff.

Q. I went through your heavy defeats in the past. You lost 11 times 6 0, but you were not matching in the following match after those defeats. You lost 6 1, 6 0 to Djokovic in Miami in 2007, semifinal. Since then, in 2008, you always played well. You shouldn’t be too worried about tonight.

ANDY MURRAY: Thank you.

Q. How do you feel it now?

ANDY MURRAY: Thank you.

I mean, the match against Novak was a bit different. I was a bit injured, that match. There was nothing wrong with me at all this evening. Slightly different in that respect. And also in these conditions, too, indoors, normally you would be hoping to hold serve more than once.

Yeah, I hope the beginning of next year doesn’t start off like that. I’ll do everything I can the next seven weeks to make sure that I’m better prepared, you know, to compete with the best players.

Q. Between now and the International Tennis League, what is your plan? Davis Cup next week. Will you switch off completely?

ANDY MURRAY: Ross’ wedding the next weekend. I’m the best man at his wedding. I have that next weekend.

I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do. But I would normally take a break just now. But I also need time to work on some things in my game and make improvements. So if I was to take a two week break just now, that’s 14 days where I can’t work on my game, make any changes in that period.

I’ll try to get back on the practice court probably sooner than I would have done.

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Singapore Champion Alexi Popyrin Dedicates Maiden ATP Title To Family

The world No.114 battled back from a set down to become the fifth active Australian player to win an ATP singles title.

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Rising star Alexi Popyrin has claimed the biggest title in his career to date after triumphing in the final of the Singapore Open on Sunday.

 

The 21-year-old battled back from a set down to defeat world No.46 Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, in what was his first ever final on the ATP Tour. Popryin, who had never got past the quarter-final stage of a Tour event prior to this week, managed to turn his fortunes around with the help of an emphatic service display. During the second set he dropped no points behind serve and only one in the third. Overall, the Australian produced 11 aces and broke Bublik five times en route to victory.

A former junior world No.2 who won the 2017 French Open boys’ title, Popyrin has become the fifth active player from Australia to have won an ATP title. The other four are Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur, Bernard Tomic and John Millman. During the trophy ceremony Popyrin said the breakthrough was a result of hard work as he paid tribute to his family.

“I’ll definitely have very fond memories of Singapore now, I’ll definitely remember this for the rest of my life,” he said.
“We put a lot of hard work in the pre-season and it’s paying off in the start of the year I’ve had. In Australia I felt really good so it’s just good to see all the hard work paying off.
“My family behind the scenes, they’ve sacrificed so much for me and to finally win a tournament just shows how much hard work they put in with me also. This is for them 100 per cent.”

Prior to Bublik, Popyrin also scored a win over former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the semi-finals. The breakthrough continues what has been an encouraging start to the season for the Next Gen star. At the Murray River Open in Melbourne he took Grigor Dimitrov to three sets before losing in the third round. Then at the Australian Open he knocked out top 20 player David Goffin.

Meanwhile, Bublik is left wondering what might have been. It was the second time the Kazakh has reached a Tour final this season after Antalya where he had to retire due to injury.

“His first final, his first title, I have four finals, which hurts now but just congratulate you and next time we’ll see if we can face in the final,” Bublik said.

Popyrin will rise to a ranking high of 82nd when the standings are updated on Monday.

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beats Hubert Hurkacz to reach the quarter final in Montpellier

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina came back from 1-3 in the opening set and converted four of the ten break points to claim a 7-5 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz in 1 hour and 34 minutes at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. 

 

Hurkacz went up a break in the fourth game at deuce to take a 3-1 lead. Davidovich Fokina broke back in the fifth game at 15 and held serve to draw level to 3-3. Hurkacz saved a break point in the seventh game to hold serve after two deuces. Davidovich Fokina converted his second break point in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Hurkacz saved three break points in the third game of the second set, but Davidovich Fokina broke twice in the fifth and seventh games at deuce to win the final four games from 2-2 securing his spot in the quarter final. 

The 21-year-old Spanish player set up a quarter final against Egor Gerasimov, who knocked out Aljaz Bedene 6-4 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Bedene converted his second break point at deuce in the first game. Gerasimov broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Gerasimov closed out the first set 6-4 with a break on his opportunity in the 10th game.

Bedene went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Gerasimov broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Gerasimov earned five match points at 6-1 in the tie-break. Bedene saved the first three chances, but Gerasimov closed out the tie-break 7-4 on his fourth opportunity. 

Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Gregoire Barrère 6-0 6-3. The Spanish player built up a 6-0 2-0 lead with four consecutive breaks. Barrère came back by winning three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead with a break in the fourth game. Bautista Agut reeled off four consecutive games with two consecutive breaks to win the second set 6-3 

Dennis Novak came back from 3-5 down by winning the final four games in the second set to beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Novak set up a quarter final clash against German Peter Gojowczyk, who came back from one set down to beat Juri Vesely 6-7 (3-7) 7-4 (7-4) 6-3 after 2 hours and 28 minutes. Gojowczyk hit 17 aces and won 86 % of his first service points. Gojowczyk saved four break points in the ninth game. Vesely earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-brek 7-3. The second set went on serve en route to the the tie-break. Gojowczyk earned one mini-break to win the tie-break 7-4. The German player converted his only break point in the second game to seal the third set 6-3.

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John Isner not happy with the cut in prize money for Miami Masters

John Isner took to Twitter to raise some issues about the ATP and latest state of affairs in Tennis.

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The American took to social media to vent his frustration saying it doesn’t make sense.

 

John Isner took to twitter today after hearing the news that the Miami Open will be cutting its prize money down with the singles champion only taking $300,110 with a first round loser only winning $10,000 in prize money.

Isner and many other players on tour believe the tournament should be forced to due an audit to truly reveal what their finances are and to see if they are hiding anything.

“How about a true audit to see how much tourneys are actually hurting and then a money formula after the event to reconcile?”

“Amazing we still don’t have this in a lot of our big events. How does that make any sense?” 

He also tweeted about the promoters saying the system the ATP uses is broken.

The American also spoke of the unfairness in the cuts the players are taking in comparison to the actual events.

“So players should take a 60% cut and 80% champions cut while ATP executives keep full salaries, benefits, and expense accounts? Make that make sense. Seems just a little bit hypocritical, don’t ya think?”.

Isner finally believes the players should benefit from the tournament not just in the short term but over a long tenure.

““Tennis is plagued by conflict and lack of transparency”

The tournament is scheduled for March 23rd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and the tournament has confirmed they won’t be doing a quarantine like the Australian Open.

The players will need to provide a negative PCR test to board a flight to the US and once they land they will be tested once again and isolate until a negative result is shown.

The players will only be allowed at the hotel and the venue and any player who doesn’t respect the rules will be subject to penalties and be withdrawn from the tournament.

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