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Andy Murray Draws Positives From Del Potro Win As Edmund Exits The French Open




On a day where British tennis was targeting double joy, it was poster boy Andy Murray that prevailed with a hard fought 7-6(8), 7-5, 6-0, win over Juan Martin del Potro at the French Open.

The highly anticipated encounter was a rematch of last year’s final at the Rio Olympic Games. Initially, both players managed to live up to the pre-match hype with a marathon opening set before Murray exerted his dominance against a gradually fading Del Potro.

Resuming their rivalry on an almost packed Court Philippe Chatrier, both men were out to prove a point. Murray was seeking a solid performance after what has been a roller coaster season on the clay for the world No.1. Meanwhile, Del Potro was eager to dismiss ongoing injury concerns that has overshadowed him before and during this year’s tournament.

Signs of any physical issues hampering the Argentine were vacant from the onset of the match. Del Potro’s blistering forehand tested the No.1 seed, who went down a break almost instantly. There was little to choose between both players with 35 points each after ten games during what was a set worthy of a grand slam final. Del Potro failed to capitalise on his lead as Murray battled valiantly, saving two set points on route, to level the match at 5-5.

The closeness between the two resulted in a thrilling opening set tiebreaker. Murray was on course to take it with ease after a backhand drop shot elevated him two set points at 6-4. Still, it was not enough to tame Del Potro, who then claimed three points to move ahead. Engaged in some gripping baseline rallies, prompting praise from the crowd, Murray survived the scare to come out on top. Ironically, it was Del Potro’s trusted forehand that let him down after a shot drifted just out. Murray’s response was a fist pump directed towards his camp, but del Potro wasn’t convinced. The outcome was eventually confirmed by the match umpire after he consulted with a lineman. Del Potro’s heavy investment was visible as he slumped over the net after dropping the marathon 82-minute set.

“It was tough because I think he (del Potro) was playing much better than me in the first set.” Murray admitted during his post-match interview.

Murray’s mini triumph proved too much for his opponent, who started to suffer during set No.2. A early break for the top seed increased his stronghold in the match as Del Potro sought painkillers to treat his ongoing problems. The two continued fighting on court during the roller coaster encounter, but the spark was no more. Even a chant of ‘Delpo’ from the crowd failed to turn around the match. Failing to serve the second set out at 5-4 due to some impressive play from his rival, Murray triumphed two games later with the help of an ace down the line.

Racing towards the finish line, the top seed grew stronger and stronger. Murray was visibly the fitter of the two players, seemingly improving the longer the match progressed. It was almost unfair that the match ended in such a one-sided manner given Del Potro’s early investments. Their battle concluded with a Murray backhand painting the baseline to extend his head-to-head record to 7-3 against the Argentine.

“I expected a very tough match and the first set was very very important I think. Whoever won that first set had big momentum.” Said Murray, who fire 44 winners past his third round opponent. “In these conditions when it is very slow and heavy, to be coming back is very difficult. I played some very good tennis towards then end.”

The victory at Roland Garros means the world No.1 has won three consecutive matches on the clay for the first time this season. Leading up to the second grand slam of 2017, doubts were cast over Murray followed his lacklustre results on the tour.

“I’m starting to play better. I was really looking forward to playing at the French Open. I struggled the last six or seven week’s coming in. This is one of the most important tournament of the year. I have great memories from last year in Paris and I wanted to come and play some good tennis again.” The three-time grand slam champion explained.
“Each day I am feeling a little bit better, I hope I can keep it going.” He added.

In the last 16 Murray will play either John Isner or Karen Khachanov.

Edmund edged out

The other British interest at the French Open on Saturday was Kyle Edmund, a former boys doubles champion at Roland Garros. Facing experience opponent Kevin Anderson, the Brit had a two-set advantage before crashing out 6-7(8), 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. The match, which was the longest the 22-year-old had ever played, saw the world No.49 falter of the worst possible moment. Serving at 4-4 in the decider, Anderson grabbed the critical break before closing out the four-hour match.

“Kyle is a great player and it came down to one or two points,” Anderson said about the Brit. “I’m pleased to be through.”

Former top-10 player Anderson will next play seventh seed Marin Cilic. Cilic eased past Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, in his third round encounter on Saturday.


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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