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AO2015: Murray ends Kyrgios’ dream




TENNIS AO2015 – Andy Murray won the eagerly awaited quarter final against young Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios in three sets with 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 on a cold and breezy evening in a football-like atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena to reach his fifth Australian Open semifinal and his 15th career Grand Slam semifinal. Murray dropped just 21 points on serve and faced the first break point only in the seventh game of the third set at 4-2 immediately after breaking for the second time in the match. Murray set up a semifinal against Tomas Berdych who beat Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-0 7-6 in straight sets. Diego Sampaolo


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The two stars met for the second time in their careers. In their only previous match Murray won in straight sets in the Toronto Master 1000 last summer. Kyrgios played his second Grand Slam quarter final after Wimbledon where he lost to Milos Raonic after his famous fourth-round win over Rafa Nadal. The young Aussie reached the quarter final stage in the home tournament after his epic five-set win against Italian Andreas Seppi after coming back from two sets down.

There were a lot of expectations for Kyrgios who has become the first teenager to reach two Grand Slam quarter finals after Roger Federer. The Australian player grabbed the headlines on all Australian newspapers after his win against Andreas Seppi. Kyrgios has become the first Aussie player to reach the quarter final in the home Slam since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 when he eventually lost the final against Marat Safin.

Murray, three-time finalist at Melbourne Park in his career, was the favourite after winning his last 10 matches against home players in Grand Slam tournaments and has never lost to a player ranked as low as World Number 53 Nick Kyrgios The lowest player to defeat Murray at the Australian Open was Juan Ignacio Cela in 2006 when the Scotsman made his debut in his tournament

Murray’s experience on the big stage proved to be decisive against the younger home star. The Scotsman was playing his 21st Grand Slam quarter final and his sixth consecutive Round of 8 match at Melbourne Park. In the previous matches the Dunblane star showed good form dropping just a set in the tie-break against Grigor Dimitrov.

The first five games of the first set were dominated by serve (four aces for Murray and 3 aces for Kyrgios). Murray broke in the sixth game of the first set as Kyrgios hit a couple of forehand into the net. Kyrgios saved a break point with an ace but dropped his serve at deuce. Murray held serve for 5-2. Kyrgios saved two set points in the 8th game before winning it with his forehand but Murray sealed the first set in the next game with 6-3 after 32 minutes.

In the tie-break of the second set both players Murray got the mini-break on the first point and backed it up with a big serve. Kyrgios got the mini-break back with a volley but Murray clinched four of the next five points. Kyrgios faced a second serve at 5-5 but he could not make a return. When Kyrgios was serving at 5-6 on Murray’s set point, the Scotsman hit a lob inside the line to win the breaker 7-5 to go up 2-0. Kyrgios rallied from 0-2 down in the previous match against Seppi but this time Murray was too strong.

Murray hit another lob en route to clinching the break for 4-2 in the sixth game of the third set. Kyrgios earned his first break point of the match in the seventh game of the third set and converted it for the break-back when Murray hit a backhand drop-shot into the net for 3-4 keeping the hopes of the Aussie Fanatics alive. The dream was short-lived as Murray hit two cross-court forehand winners to come back from 0-30 and broke serve again in the eighth game for 5-3. He served for the match and sealed the win with a forehand winner down the line on the first match point in just over two hours.

Murray hit 48 winners to 28 unforced errors and converted on three of his nine break point chances. Kyrgios produced 36 winners and 38 unforced errors and converted just one of his two break point opportunities.

Murray got through to his fifth Australian Open semifinal. He achieved three wins.

It was a tricky match because he has an exceptional serve and makes it very difficult for you when he Is serving. I knew what he is capable of and I didn’t underestimate him. Nick is a huge hitter, so I tried to keep the ball out of his reach. I played a slightly different style tonight and thankfully it worked. The conditions were very tricky. I was quite happy with the way I handled everything tonight. The end where we walked out onto the court was a really strong breeze. When you were at that end you were playing with the wind, so it was tricky because it was a very strong breeze. When you are down the far end of the court you had to do a lot more defending. If you tried to play with any sort of height the ball was dropping short. It was very easy for me or him to attack. I tried to just keep the ball low from that end, I used a lot of slice, and played pretty flat. It was tough for him and it worked”, said Murray.

Murray got through to the semifinal dropping one set. “For me it was tricky one to judge, to say how well I played, because I found the conditions difficult tonight. So I tried to use the conditions to my advantage and played a slightly different style than what I had been in the other matches. I would say the match against Dimitrov was a very high level. It was a clean match. Both of us were striking the ball well. I made improvements with each of the matches. I just tried to play the best with what the conditions were allowing you to do and I think I did that quite well”

Despite the defeat Kyrgios was happy with the experience of playing his second Grand Slam quarter final and the first in the home Major in the famous Rod Laver Arena

It was a really good experience. That was my first Aussie Open Grand Slam match in the Rod Laver Arena, so that was really cool. But it was too good for me tonight. There are some things I can take from that match and get better at. I think that he has got a good chance of winning the whole thing”, said Kyrgios

In the semifinal Murray will face Tomas Berdych who beat last year’s finalist Rafa Nadal 6-2 6-0 7-6 (7-5) in straight sets breaking a 17-match losing streak against the Spanish player who was playing just his 10th match but just his first against a top 10 player since losing to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

It did not feel any different going into the match knowing I would play against Berdych rather than Nadal because Tomas had played very well so far up to today and Rafa’s form had been a bit up and down. He was coming in having not really played much tennis at all for quite a long time. When he was playing towards the end of last year he certainly wasn’t fit, so I wouldn’t imagine he would have been practicing loads either. I wasn’t too surprised. Rafa got himself back into the match in the third set and he was clearly not playing so well at the beginning”, said Murray

Berdych dominated the first two sets dropping just two games in the first two sets but Nadal clawed his way into the match when he fended off two match points when he was down 15-40 in the 12th game. Berdych raced to 5-1 in the tie-break but Nadal fought back reeling off three consecutive points. Berdych lost his double mini-break lead but he earned two more match points with his forehand return winner. Nadal saved the first but Berdych converted on his second match point at 6-5 with his second serve after two hours and 13 minutes. Berdych beat Nadal for the first time since the 2006 Madrid quarter finals.

It was not my day. I did not play with the right intensity, with the right rhythm and my opponent played better than me. You have to play better against a player like Tomas. I didn’t play my best tennis today. ”, said Nadal after the match.

Berdych is now coached by Daniel Vallverdu, who worked for a long time with the Scotsman but left his team last November. Berdych leads 6-4 and won the last two head-to-head matches. They are 3-3 level in hard-court matches. Berdych won their last match at Cincinnati in 2013.

I will find it weird on the day but it’s something that you del with as a player. My goal isn’t to beat Dani, my goal is to beat Berdych. So I don’t think about that in the next days.”


Filip Krajinovic To Skip Australian Open If Required To Quarantine For More Than Five Days

The world No.34 says he ‘sees no reason’ why vaccinated players should have to go through a long quarentine in Australia.




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The second highest-ranked Serbian player in men’s tennis says it would be ‘unacceptable’ for organisers of the Australian Open to require players to quarantine for more than a week if they have been fully vaccinated.


Filip Krajinovic has become the first player to publicly state that they will not be prepared to travel to Melbourne at the end of this season if they have to go through strict quarantine measures once again. All the players who participated in this year’s Australian Open were required to be quarantined in a designated hotel for 14 days upon arrival in the country. During their stay they were allowed to use training facilities but that was the only time they could leave the premises unless there was an emergency.

There is no final decision regarding the travel requirements for the 2022 tournament but there are concerns that unvaccinated players may not be allowed to enter the country. The Victorian government recently issued a mandate ordering all essential workers to be vaccinated, including athletes. However, the regional government will not have the final say concerning tennis players arriving in the country with the national government being the ones in charge of that decision.

“They are very rigorous there and honestly, if I have to be in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Melbourne, I will not go to Australia,” Krajinovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.
“I was vaccinated, I did everything in my power to protect myself and the people around me, so I really see no reason to sit there for 14 days in a room.’
“If they (the organisers) say that after arrival I need, say, five days to be in isolation, that’s OK for me, but anything beyond that is unacceptable to me. With the season ending late, I will have 20 days to get ready and go. Charter flights will be organized again and the last one is planned for December 28 for the players and that is the final date when I can go to Australia. I will see what the final decision from Melbourne will be, so I will cut what is the best thing to do.”

Earlier this week Victoria’s Sports minister Martin Pakula urged players to be vaccinated because it give them ‘the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open.’ It is expected that if unvaccinated players are allowed to attend, they will be subjected to stricter restrictions. This might include a longer quarantine period upon arrival and limitations of where they can go during their stay.

Last year, all of those players had to do their 14 days of quarantine. Right now there looks like there will be different rules for people who enter this country who are vaccinated as against unvaccinated and I don’t think the tennis will be any exception to that.” Pakula told the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).
“In terms of what rules apply for people to enter Australia, whether unvaccinated people are allowed in at all, I don’t the answer to that yet. That’s going to be the subject of discussion at national cabinet and among the federal cabinet … those rules are not set by state governments.” He added.

Krajinovic is currently ranked 34th in the world and has a win-loss record this season of 18-18. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells he reached the second round before falling in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev. His best run so far this year was at the Hamburg Open where he reached the final.

“When we look at the whole of 2021, I played one final, one semifinal, there were good victories, but also worse results,” the 29-year-old commented.

Krajinovic is currently without a coach but is currently in ‘negotiations’ with somebody without elaborating further about who that person is.

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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.




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…




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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