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Australian Open 2015: Murray edges past Dimitrov



TENNIS AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2015 – Andy Murray edged Grigor Dimitrov in a three-hour and 32-minute epic match with 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 to set up a eagerly-awaited quarter final against local teenage hero Nick Kyrgios. Diego Sampaolo


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Murray rallied from 0-3 down in the opening set to claw his way back into the match and reeled off six of the next seven games to clinch the first set with 6-4 The Dunblane star broke serve in the third game of the second set for 2-1 but he handed the lead back. He came close to taking a crucial break in the 11th game but he failed to convert on his set point at 6-5 when he double faulted on break point. In the second-set tie-break Dimitrov went up 4-2 with a backhand pass and drew level on sets by converting on his third set point.

Murray converted on his third break point in the eighth game of the third set to take the 5-3 lead before serving out for the third set.

Dimitrov saved tow break points early in the fourth set before breaking in the third game to take a 3-0 lead with a backhand pass and pulled away to a 5-2 lead but he faltered when he served out for the set in the 9th game. When the match looked to be decided in the fifth set, Murray clawed his way back into the match by clinching five consecutive games to seal a hard-fought win in four sets after three hours and 32 minutes. Dimitrov was broken back after three forehand errors as he was leading 5-3 before dropping his serve to love in the 11th game. The Bulgarian player broke the racquet in two after Murray hit a return winner.

Murray qualified for his 6th Australian Open quarter final in one of his favourite tournaments where he reached the final three times in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

I thought I played well. I thought he started the match extremely well. He came out very aggressive, very explosive. It’s tough to keep that sort of level of intensity up. Once I got myself into the match, I felt like I was able to dictate a lot of the points. I thought tactically I played a good match. I was disappointed with the 6-5 game I played in the second set. Also in the tie-break I made a few bad decisions. The third set was good. In the fourth set I just fought hard at the end and he played a loose game when he served for the set. That was it. The crucial factor was when I was down 5-2 and went on to 7-5. I won quite a long game at 5-2 on my sere. If I win that game to love the momentum doesn’t really change. Sometimes if you can have sort of a long game, where maybe he feels like he had some opportunities to win the set there, then that game where he goes to serve it out becomes a little bit harder. He didn’t play a good game at 5-3 and, then after that, I barely made an error really. From really 5-3 I didn’t make any mistakes at all”

Murray will face Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios in the quarter final in front of the Australian “fanatics”

It will obviously change the atmosphere. The crowd will be right behind him. Understandably so. They are probably going to watch him play a lot of matches like this over the next 10,15 years. That’s just something that I will have to deal with in my way. I have played a lot of matches. I have played in the French Open against French players where the crowd can be difficult. I have experienced it before, so hopefully I will deal with it well. I have watched a little bit of his matches. I watched the whole of his match last week in Sydney, I saw him a little bit at the IPTL. I played against him last year after Wimbledon. I watched some of his matches at Wimbledon as well. I enjoy watching him play. I think he is entertaining. I didn’t watch loads of today’s match nut he has done extremely well to turn that match around”

I didn’t feel tired. I felt fresh. My back felt good. I wasn’t feeling stiff at all. I wasn’t feeling still at all. In these conditions over the last couple years I struggled a little bit, and I felt absolutely fine this evening. Whether or not it was the best match I played for a match that went three and a half hours. Physically I felt way better than the last year or so”

Like Kyrgios, Murray has been through the experience of playing the home Grand Slam at a young age.

Maybe it’s a bit different when I was 19. I would say maybe he is more confident than I would have been at that age. I didn’t feel like I was going to win these events when I was that age but I read that he felt like he could win the Australian Open this year a few weeks ago. He obviously backs a lot. When you have the crowd behind you, it obviously helps. It makes the difference. If you are tired and a bit fatigued, the crowd can give you that extra lift and help as well. He has obviously handled everything very well so far”

Murray dropped just four games in his only previous match against the Aussie teenager last year in Toronto.

I expect it to be a different match in a couple of days. Obviously it’s best-of-five-sets, It was a fairly empty stadium when we played in Toronto. I think Nick enjoys playing in front of a crowd. That will probably change things a bit. We played during the day. I assume that we will probably play the night match in a couple of days and that changes the conditions again. Obviously it was on a hard court, and there were some things that I did in that match which I believe will work in a couple of days’ time”, concluded Murray

Dimitrov was disappointed with his match at the press-conference. “Jinxed or not, when you play a match like that, you don’t actually think about anything. I am not going to hide my disappointment. I am pissed.I am happy that I competed at a good level and it takes a player like Andy to beat me like that. I am just disappointed because it’s not the result that I wanted. I could have done things better, some things better”.

The young Bulgarian was leading 5-2 deuce. He hit a forehand and the line judge called it wide but he does not think that it was the breaking point of the match.

I don’t think this is a breaking point. Especially when it comes to points like that, you don’t think about it. You just want to focus for the next shot. I thought it was just a weird call because he actually played the ball and the ball went out. I don’t remember anymore. It’s in the past. This was what was expected, to come out there and play a match like that but it’s hard to say that the match gave me a kind of satisfaction. . It’s also good for me to see what I did good, what I can better next time. I think Andy played a really high level throughout the whole match. I am not going to hide that I could have done things better. I could have at certain moments, but that doesn’t justify the match”.


Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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Australian Open Chief Confident Nadal Will Play But Kyrgios’ Participation Uncertain



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The tournament director of the Australian Open says he is ‘certain’ that Rafael Nadal will play at the Grand Slam even though the Spaniard has yet to outline his comeback plans. 


Craig Tiley told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday he hopes to receive some clarity over Nadal’s intentions in the next couple of weeks but is confident he will play. However, the tennis official had previously claimed in October that the former world No.1 had already committed to play in the event before his team denied that statement.  

Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played a Tour match since his second round defeat at the Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. He was originally expecting to take an eight-week break but the recovery didn’t go to plan and he ended up having surgery. In May he confirmed that he will take an extended break from the sport to heal his body and admitted that retirement next year is a possibility.

“Rafa has been training, I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” the Reuters News Agency quoted Tiley as saying. 
“He wants to play, he’s obviously planning on playing. It all depends on how he pulls up.
“Hopefully in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

Earlier this month Nadal confirmed that he intends to return to the Tour but admits that he will continue to experience a degree of pain. Although he has yet to give any information about which tournament he will begin his comeback at. The 2024 season begins during the first week of January.

“I’m well, training, and happy. I’m at a good stage of my life,” quoted Nadal as telling reporters in Barcelona.
“Until now I didn’t know if I would play tennis again someday, and now I genuinely believe I will. I’m still not ready to say when, but I’m able to train increasingly longer, and the progress is good.’

Will Kyrgios play?

Another player Tiley is eager to welcome back is home player and former Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios who has only played one Tour-level match this season due to injury. He underwent knee surgery in January and then tore a ligament in his wrist during the summer. As a result, the Australian currently doesn’t have an ATP ranking due to his inactivity. 

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley said of Kyrgios.
“Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health …” 

Kyrgios recently worked as an analyst for the Tennis Channel during this year’s ATP Finals in Turin and gave a brief update on his ongoing recovery during a segment. 

“After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there,” the 2022 Wimbledon finalist commented.
“So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work.”

The Australian Open will begin on Sunday 14th January. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the defending champions. 

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