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Andy Murray crushes David Goffin at the BNP Paribas Masters

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Andy Murray in action at the 2015 BNP Paribas Masters in Paris (imasge via AFP)

Andy Murray breezed into the last eight of the BNP Paribas Masters after thrashing world No.16 David Goffin 6-0, 6-1.

 

The encounter was a dress rehearsal for both men ahead of next months Davis Cup final. Great Britain will face Belgium at the Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium. Being the highest ranked players for both of their countries, it is expected that the two will battle against each other for the Davis Cup title.

The biggest factor to infuriate Murray didn’t occur on the court. It was during the change over when a ball kid accidently threw a ball at him.

The British No.1 went off guns blazing as as he dominated the Belgian at the start of the match by winning 12 out of the first 14 points of the match to change to a 3-0 lead after just seven minutes. The powerful shots fired from Murray’s racket proved too much for Goffin to manage as he at times struggled to return them. The aggressive start from the 2nd seed was stopped in the fourth game as Goffin got his first game on the scoreboard with a forehand crosscourt shot. Nevertheless, Murray remained the dominant player on the court as he produced a spectacular backhand winner to break the world No.16 for the second time to lead 5-1. Serving for the opening set Murray produced a below-par game to hand his Belgian rival a break point opportunity, but Goffin was unable to convert as the Brit battled back to deuce. Murray took the set after winning a 24-shot rally thanks to an unforced error from Goffin, his 12th of the match. Throughout the opening set Murray lost just one point behind his first serve and produced 10 winners.

Murray continued his attacking play in the following set as he recovered from 0-40 down to break Goffin with a spectacular forehand shot as the Belgian glared towards his camp watching him. The trouble for the Belgian was the speed of Murray’s returning. As soon as Goffin finished his service motion, the ball was already back to him. The at times fragile serve from the Belgian played into the hands of Murray as he charged to another break point chance in the third game of the second set to lead by a set and 3-0. The Brit easily converted the point after a shot into the net from from Goffin.  Despite trailing to Murray, Goffin kept on fighting. In the fifth game of the second set he fended off four break points before succumbing to the fifth as Murray broke for a chance to serve for the match. The task was easy for the Brit as he produced a sublime backhand down the line on his first match point to grab the victory.

During his outstanding 52-minute match, Murray produced 8 aces, 22 winners, 8 unforced errors and won 90% of his first service points. The straightforward win by Murray is Goffin’s heaviest defeat since the 2013 Rotterdam Open where the Belgian lost 6-0, 6-0 to Jarkko Nieminen.

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Emma Raducanu Draws Inspiration From Andy Murray Ahead Of 2023

Emma Raducanu spoke about Andy Murray’s influence on her career.

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Emma Raducanu has spoke about Andy Murray’s influence on her career and is optimistic about turning her form in 2023.

 

The former US Open hasn’t had too bad of an off-season after receiving her MBE for her services to sport.

Raducanu made history in 2021 as she won the US Open as a qualifier at 18 years of age.

However the Brit has yet to back that up with Raducanu changing coach on a number of occasions as she looks for some stability in 2023.

Speaking in a recent interview with Grazia Raducanu said that she believes that momentum can change quickly in tennis and that confidence is the key to success, “[In tennis] it could look like it’s all going down, down, down and just not getting any better,” Raducanu was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Just one match can have a big influence on your confidence and once you have confidence and the momentum comes, you feel like you can’t lose. It’s a very individual sport – people are friendly but it’s difficult to be really close with those you’re competing with.”

One player that can relate to what Raducanu is saying is Andy Murray with confidence being a key theme of the highs and lows of Murray’s career.

Raducanu said that she talks to Murray regularly about the highs and lows of tennis, “Andy Murray is so good to talk to because he’s been through pretty much what I’ve been going through,” Raducanu said.

“I have always looked up to him and watched him winning his first Wimbledon and the Olympics.”

Raducanu will hope that she can use Murray’s words as inspiration for next season as she currently sits at 75 in the world.

The Brit will start her season in 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand on the 2nd of January.

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Fernando Verdasco Given Two Month Doping Ban

Fernando Verdasco has been banned from tennis until the 8th of January.

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Fernando Verdasco will miss the first week of the 2023 season after being provisionally suspended for two months after testing positive for the drug methylphenidate.

 

The former world number seven tested positive for the drug at the Challenger event in Rio De Janeiro and has accepted a voluntary ban until the 8th of January.

As well as testing positive for the drug methylphenidate, Verdasco had also forgot to renew his Therapeutic Use Exemption despite the Spaniard admitting that he was diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

In a statement published today the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), explained why his ban has been shortened from two years to two months, “The ITIA accepts that the player did not intend to cheat, that his violation was inadvertent and unintentional, and that he bears no significant fault or negligence for it,” they said in a statement on his website.

“In the specific circumstances of this case, based on the player’s degree of fault the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme allows for the applicable period of ineligibility to be reduced from two years to two months.”

The 39 year-old will as a result miss the first week of the new season with the Spaniard being currently ranked at world number 125.

In 2022, Verdasco’s best results on the ATP tour were quarter-final performances in Buenos Aires and Estoril while he also won a challenger title in Monterrey in March.

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‘I Hope I Can Keep Up’ – Alexander Zverev Speaks Out Ahead Of Return From Injury

After suffering a horrific accident at the French Open, the German is once again raring to go. 

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Alexander Zverev says he has missed his fellow rivals as he prepares to return to the court at an exhibition event in Saudi Arabia in just over a week. 

 

The former world No.2 has been absent from the sport since June after badly injuring his ankle in his semi-final match against Rafael Nadal at the French Open. A scan later revealed he had torn various ligaments in his foot and he was later diagnosed with bone edema which is where there is an abnormal amount of fluid around the bone area. He had originally hoped to return to action earlier in the season but was unable to recover in time. 

Instead, Zverev’s first taste of competitive tennis in his comeback will be at the extravagant Diriyah Tennis Cup which features 12 players with the singles champion winning $1M in prize money. 

“I’m just looking forward to being back on court and being back on a competitive court because it’s been a very long time for me,” Zverev said during an interview for the event. “The best players in the world are there so it’s gonna be a high level tournament and I think everybody’s in form because they’re still either coming from Davis Cup or they just came from the ATP Finals so everybody will still be playing great tennis and I hope I can keep up with them.”

Also playing at the event will be Stefanos Tsitsipas, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and Daniil Medvedev. It will be far from an easy return to action for Zverev after his lengthy absence from the sport. However, he is looking forward to being reunited with his peers. 

“I’ve also missed those guys to be honest even though we’re competitors but I have great friends there as well. You know, I missed seeing those guys on tour,” he said.
“I feel like me and Dominic (Thiem), we haven’t seen each other for almost two years now because he was injured in 2021 And I was injured in 2022. So we missed each other in a way. Yeah, so I’m just looking forward to being back on tour and I’m just looking forward to getting matches.”

Prior to his injury setback, the 25-year-old has won 29 out of 39 matches played this season with his best run being to the finals of events in Montpellier and Madrid. Out of those 29 wins, only three were against top-10 opposition.

Explaining his decision to play in Saudi Arabia, Zverev said it was important for him to play matches against the best in the world ahead of the new season. Some players have been criticized for playing in the country due to its human rights record. Saudi Arabia has been accused of sportswashing which is the process of staging sports events to improve the image of a country which has been tarnished by wrongdoing. 

“You don’t want your first event to be back in Australia, because you then feel like okay, you may be fit physically, you may be in the best shape of your life, but if you haven’t played matches in seven months, it’s still a different fitness level it is still a different, mental stress as well,” Zverev explained. 
“So you want to play before the Australian Open and I think that’s why Saudi Arabia fits in so well this year.” 

The Diriyah Tennis Cup will begin on December 8th. 

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