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Andy Murray follows Kei Nishikori into third round at Wimbledon




Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round at Wimbledon. Murray took a comfortable 6-3 6-2 6-1 win over Yen Hsun Lu on Centre Court. Kei Nishikori rallied from a set down to beat Julien Benneteau 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-2.


Thirty-two year-old Lu, who returned from elbow injury last month, got an early break to 15 in the opening game of the match after a poor drop-shot from Murray and held his serve in the second game to open up a 2-0. Lu raced out to a 3-1 lead but Murray broke back to 30 in the sixth game with a drop-shot to draw level to 3-3. The 2013 Wimbledon champion got another break in the 8th game to love as Lu made two forehand errors and saved two break points to hold his serve completing his comeback from 1-3 down by winning his fifth consecutive game.

In the second and third sets Murray broke serve five times, hit 23 winners and dropped just 11 points on serve.

Murray got an early break in the first game of the second set. Lu saved two break points in the fifth game to hold his serve for 2-3. Murray got a double break in the seventh game to take a 5-2 lead and held his service game to 15 to seal the second set.

Murray broke serve to love at the start of the third set and consolidated the break to 15 to hold his service game with an ace. The Dunblane star got the double break in the third game to 15 to race out to a 3-0 lead. Lu held his first service game of the third set to get his first game on the scoreboard for 1-4. Murray broke serve for the third time in the set in the final game of the match to clinch the third set 6-1 as Lu made a double fault on the match point.

Murray, who won his fifth Queen’s title on grass two weeks ago, will take on John Millman, who beat Benoit Paire.

“The first set was tough. There were a lot of close games. I managed to hang on at the end of the first and then settled down towards the end of the second, and was hitting the ball much better in the third and feel more comfortable. If you can win matches easily it does help because you can rest. It has been a good start. I will just try and do my best, work hard, keep my head down and hopefully have a good tournament”, said Murray.

Kei Nishikori rallied from a set down to beat Julien Benneteau 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 setting up a third round against Kuznetsov.

Benneteau, who used protected ranking after being plagued by a serious injury, was the first to earn a break point in the second game of the opening set. Both players were on serve at 4-3 when the match was interrupted for 15 minutes due to a rain delay. In the 10th game the Frenchman got the only break of the first set at deuce to take the first set 6-4.

The first six games of the second set went on serve until Nishikori got the only break to take a 4-3 lead with a backhand winner.

The Japanese player got a double break in the fifth and seventh games of the third set to race out to a 5-2 lead: Benneteau got one of the two breaks back and consoldated his break to win his second consecutive game for 4-5 but Nishikori served out for the set to 15 on his second set point with an ace. Nishikori got a double break in the first and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead to close out the match with a backhand winner. Nishikori hit 47 winners to 22 unforced errors.

Nishikori will face Andrey Kuznetsov, who beat Gilles Muller 6-3 6-4 6-4. Kuznetsov did not face a break point and hit 42 winners to 8 unforced errors. Nishikori and Kuznetsov tied 1-1 in their previous two head-to-head matches.


French Open Crowd Crossed The Line, Says Frustrated Alex de Minaur

The Australian explains why he wasn’t entirely happy with the atmosphere in the French capital.




Alex de Minaur didn’t hide his irritation with fans at Roland Garros following his shock exit from the tournament on Tuesday.


The 19th seed fell to home player Hugo Gaston in a five-set epic that lasted more than four hours. De Minaur had a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but ended up losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(10-4) to the world No.74. He has now lost in the first round of the French Open in four out of six appearances.

During the match De Minaur had to contend with a boisterous crowd who were cheering on Gaston. He faced some booing and jeering from those in the stands which the world No.20 was not happy about.

“I think there is a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countrymen, which is completely fine and it’s great. I’m sure for him was an amazing atmosphere, he enjoyed every second of it.” De Minaur said afterwards.
“But there is a line that, when I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be kind of looked at.”
“Good on him (Gaston) for playing a great match in front of his home crowd and being able to feed off that, and you know, having a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

De Minaur refused to go into what exactly was being said to him from certain members of the crowd but insisted that he was not being intimidated by what was occurring on the court. Towards the end of the match a series of unforced errors, including double faults, costed him dearly.

“I’m pretty sure I dealt with it pretty well, all things considering,” he said. “I was in the moment. I was in the heat of the moment battling out there. It felt like kind of an away Davis Cup match, and I thrive on that. It was a lot sometimes and sometimes you do your best to focus on playing a tennis match. There are outside factors that you do your best to control.“

Heading into Paris, De Minaur had shown encouraging results on the clay with semi-final runs to tournaments in Barcelona and Lyon. He also reached the third round in Rome and took a set off Andrey Rublev when they clashed in Monte Carlo.

Given those recent results on the Tour, it is clear that the latest defeat is one that will sit with him for a while.

Ideally, I will sleep tonight and I will forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” de Minaur admits.
“It’s disappointing, as everything is, it is what it is. It’s a sport that we are playing. You have your good days, your bad days. You win absolute battles; you lose absolute battles.”

As for Garon, he will face Argentine qualifier Pedro Cachin in the second round. This year’s draw is a golden opportunity for the Frenchman with him guaranteed to not play a seeded player until at least the last 16 if he makes it that far.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.





Novak Djokovic (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

By Kingsley Elliot Kaye

In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.


Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.




Borna Coric - US Open 2020 (via Twitter, @usopen)

Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.


The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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