Andy Murray will now prepare for life as world number one after he completed his extraordinary week in Paris with a 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4 win over John Isner in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters.
In the eighth meeting between Andy Murray and John Isner, it was the Scot who started the brightest as he used his agressive returning to break in the sixth game to grab a 4-2 lead. The newly crowned world number one continued to move the big man about and after 35 minutes it paid off as he took the first set 6-3.
However Isner had been taking advantage of the slight speed increase of the court this year compared to other years, and continued that today as he used his big serve to frustrate Murray. The American had several break points during the second set but couldn’t convert as the Brit remained gritty. As a result the second set would be forced into a tiebreak. The tiebreak saw Isner elevate his game at the key moments and mini-broke Murray for a 4-2 lead. The American, who was reaching his first masters final outside of the US continued his momentum and took the tiebreak 7-3.
Both men played their best tennis in the final set, with both serving at their optimum level. However it was Murray who would serve better, winning 90% of his 1st service points. He would then use this momentum to break the Isner serve in the tenth game and grab the match in 2 hours and 17 minutes, to secure his eighth title of the season. You can see how he sealed the match below:
Both Players’ Reaction
John Isner started the trophy ceremony by thanking everyone who made the tournament possible, “Thank you to all the organisers and the tournament director for making this event possible. You fans were also incredible, your what makes the event so special. I would also like to thank my coach, he has made a big difference to my game this week. He also congratulated Murray on his achievements this week, “Congratulations to Andy for winning the title and becoming number one in the world, I see you every week in the locker room and I see how hard you work.”
Andy Murray then took to the microphone to speak about how well John did this week and how great the atmosphere was, “Congratulations to John, You played incredible this week and I hope you continue your good form into next season. I would also like to thank the atmosphere, it is amazing to play in from the warm up and there are not many tournaments that are like this. The tournament has made huge improvements and I enjoy coming here.” He also finished saying that he would ‘keep working as hard as possible to keep on improving’
Andy Murray’s future as world number one looks very bright, if he can match Novak Djokovic’s results in London then he will become the year end world number one. From then on I believe Murray has the game and all the tactical tools to sustain a legitimate reign at the top of the rankings. How long could that be for? That all depends on how competitive the rest of the field can remain because as proven in recent weeks he has not been able to face many top ten players en route to his title wins. Can Djokovic stay mentally fresh all year round? Can Nadal and Federer fight off injury to sustain a challenge for Murray’s throne? Can Thiem, Zverev and other rising stars develop fast enough to challenge him? These factors will challenge the Scot to the core, if he can answer these correctly then we could see Murray have a similar run to Djokovic at the top of the ATP World Tour rankings. Only time will tell….
2016 Masters 1000 Results.
Finally, the BNP Paribas Masters saw the climax of the Masters 1000 events for 2016, here is a summary of how the finals of these tournaments went:
Indian Wells – Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic 6-2 6-0
- Miami – Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3
- Monte Carlo – Rafael Nadal beats Gael Monfils 7-5 5-7 6-0
- Madrid – Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray 6-2 3-6 6-3
- Rome – Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3
- Toronto – Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-5
- Cincinnati – Marin Cilic beats Andy Murray 6-4 7-5
- Shanghai – Andy Murray beats Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(1) 6-1
- Paris – Andy Murray beats John Isner 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4
Laver Cup Daily Preview: Team Europe Goes for a Fifth Straight Laver Cup
Heading into Day 3, the 2022 Laver Cup is feeling extremely familiar. Team Europe has an 8-4 advantage, and only needs two wins on Sunday to secure their fifth consecutive Laver Cup. Team World needs to win three matches to pull off the upset and obtain their first.
Sunday’s play gets underway in London at 12:00pm local time. And each match on Sunday is worth three points.
Matteo Berrettini and Andy Murray (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock (Team World) – 12:00pm
Berrettini was victorious in both singles and doubles on Saturday, defeating Auger-Aliassime in singles, and teaming with Djokovic to overcome Sock and de Minaur in doubles. So Matteo gained victories over both of his Sunday opponents on Saturday. Murray lost to de Minaur in singles on Friday. Andy and Jack are the most accomplished doubles players in this match, as Sock is pretty much Team World’s doubles specialist. If he and Felix cannot pull of the victory on Sunday, it could be a pretty short day.
Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World)
Like Berrettini, Djokovic won in singles and doubles on Saturday, comfortably dispatching of Tiafoe in singles. While it was his first match in over two months, Novak showed no rust whatsoever. Auger-Aliassime’s loss to Berrettini on Saturday will not help his confidence against the 21-time Major champion.
Novak and Felix have only played once before, and that occurred four months ago in Rome on clay. It was a pretty tight affair, but Djokovic prevailed 7-5, 7-6(1). And there’s not much evidence to support a different outcome on Sunday. Novak is surely eager to re-assert his authority after missing so much of this season due to his vaccination status.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Team Europe) vs. Frances Tiafoe (Team World) – If Necessary
Tsitsipas easily beat Diego Schwartzman on Friday, dropping just three games. He is 3-2 against Tiafoe, and 3-1 on hard courts. However, Frances claimed their most recent encounter, last fall in Vienna, which was also on an indoor hard court.
Casper Ruud (Team Europe) vs. Taylor Fritz (Team World) – If Necessary
Ruud defeated Sock on Friday, while Fritz defeated Norrie on Saturday. If this match takes place, it will be their first career meeting.
The full Laver Cup schedule is here.
Laver Cup Daily Preview: Novak Djokovic to Play Singles and Doubles on Saturday
In the wake of Roger Federer’s incredibly emotional retirement on Day 1, the focus of this event shifts to the rest of the competitors on Day 2. And for the first time in the five-year history of the Laver Cup, Team World goes into Day 2 without a deficit. With both Federer and Rafael Nadal replaced by alternates for Day 2 and Day 3, is this Team World’s opportunity to capture their first Laver Cup?
Each day, this preview will look at all four scheduled matches, while taking an extended look at the most notable match of the day. Saturday’s day session gets underway in London at 1:00pm local time, and the night session at 7:00pm. And each match on Saturday is worth two points.
Matteo Berrettini (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World) – 1:00pm
These two good friends have played four times, with Berrettini winning on three of those occasions. Matteo’s wins came three years ago in the final of Stuttgart on grass, in the quarterfinals of last year’s Wimbledon, and a year ago in this event. Auger-Aliassime’s only win occurred last summer in Cincinnati. Matteo is coming off a quarterfinal run in New York, as well as three victories last week in Davis Cup. Felix was upset in the second round of the US Open by Jack Draper, and went 2-1 in Davis Cup.
Cameron Norrie (Team Europe) vs. Taylor Fritz (Team World) – Second in the Day Session
Norrie was also an alternate in last year’s Laver Cup, but did not play. Fritz was a part of Team World in 2019, when he went 1-1 in singles, defeating Dominic Thiem during Sunday’s play in a must-win match to keep his team alive. Cam is now 45-22 on the year, while Fritz is 36-17. Both men achieved their best-ever Major performances two months ago at Wimbledon. They played each other just last week in Davis Cup, with Norrie prevailing after three tight sets. Overall they have split 10 previous meetings.
Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Frances Tiafoe (Team World) – 7:00pm
Is Tiafoe ready to upset another member of “The Big Three” on Saturday? He earned the biggest win of his career by taking out Rafael Nadal at the US Open, and defeated Nadal and Federer in doubles on Day 1 alongside Jack Sock. Meanwhile, this will be the first match for Djokovic in over two months, since he won the Wimbledon final over Nick Kyrgios. The unvaccinated Novak was unable to travel to North America for the hard court summer season.
Djokovic has only played seven tournaments this year, amassing a record of 23-5. Tiafoe is 26-19, and is coming off his exciting semifinal run in New York. Their only previous matchup was at the 2021 Australian Open, when Novak defeated Frances in four sets. Frances is certainly the much more match-tough player on this day. But despite his recent inactivity, Djokovic should still be considered the favorite.
Matteo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Alex de Minaur and Jack Sock (Team World) – Second in the Night Session
Novak will have only a few minutes of rest ahead of this doubles match, so the length of his match with Tiafoe could impact the result here. This will be Novak’s first time playing doubles since last year’s Davis Cup finals. Berrettini played three doubles matches this past January at the ATP Cup, going 1-2. De Minaur overcame Andy Murray in singles on Friday in what was a grueling contest, while Sock was defeated in singles and victorious in doubles.
The full Laver Cup schedule is here.
Frances Tiafoe And Jack Sock Ready To Rain On Federer’s Parade At Laver Cup
Frances Tiafoe describes his first match at this year’s Laver Cup as ‘iconic’ but he is determined to seal victory with doubles partner Jack Sock.
Tiafoe, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open earlier this month, will feature in what will be the final match of Roger Federer’s illustrious career. The Swiss maestro has announced that the team competition will be the last event he will play before retiring from the sport at the age of 41. Federer will partner up with long-time rival Rafael Nadal in what promises to be an emotional encounter for all involved on Friday evening.
“It’s going to be iconic to be part of that,” Tiafoe told reporters in London. “Both guys are absolute legends, and obviously Roger’s last dance. We are definitely just out there trying to get a win.”
Looking at the wider picture, Tiafoe knows a win in the doubles could prove vital in team World’s bid to win the Laver Cup for the first time in history. Whilst on paper his achievements are overshadowed by those he faces, his current form gives him the edge. Federer hasn’t played a match since Wimbledon last year due to a knee injury. Furthermore, Nadal is still trying to get back to his best shape following an abdominal injury and was beaten by Tiafoe at the US Open.
“This is a special night. I just think me and Jack are just looking for a special night, come out there, have fun,” he continued. “The crowd is obviously going to be for them. You understand that kind of moment, and just go out there and do your part and just try to get a win. It’s going to be a special night tomorrow. I’m just happy I get the opportunity to do it with Jack.”
Sock, who has won three Grand Slam titles during his career, echoes Tiafoe’s desire to seal victory over the two tennis giants.
“I’m just stoked to be a part of it with my guy Foe (Tiafoe),” he said.
“We will go out and enjoy the moment, but not going to hold anything back. Sorry, Roger. Don’t want to spoil the night.”
Federer’s final match at The O2 Arena in London is set to take place in front of a sellout crowd. Following his retirement announcement, ticket sales for the three-day event have exploded. Ace Odds have reported a 4020% rise in demand for tickets with prices starting from £900. An extraordinary outcome considering the most expensive ticket for the Laver Cup was originally £510.
The doubles match involving Federer, Nadal, Tiafoe and Sock is estimated to start around 20:20 BST on Friday.
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