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Andy Murray Dismisses Dustin Brown In Straight Sets To Breeze Into The Wimbledon Third Round

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Andy Murray came through a potentially tough challenge against the dynamic Dustin Brown with flying colours to ease his way into the third round at Wimbledon 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 after one hour and 36 minutes.

 

The world number one was far too good for his German opponent throughout and despite being close in the first set at three games all, once the Brit got the break there was only one winner. Murray was pleased with the way he served but admitted that the last few service games were a bit shaky and despite winning 84% of the points behind his first serve it only found the mark 47% of the time. Any questions over his fitness and physical problems were put to bed after the the top seed darted around the court and in a post-match interview assured that the hip was fine and he was pain free.

This contest did not disappoint early on and was a joy to watch from the start. In a match full of audacious drop shots and well executed lobs Murray earned his first break point chance in the fourth game. That opportunity quickly passed the Brit by as Brown fired down a huge serve before putting away a volley which caught the back edge of the baseline. Enjoying his time out on Centre Court where he has enjoyed previous success he continued to hold to stay with the world number one, wowing the crows with his shot making ability.

For Murray it was a case of sticking with the German in the early exchanges, focusing on his own game and leaving his opponent to produce flashes of brilliance at times, but there was always going to be the likely chance that Brown’s game would break down. That moment came in the eighth game after the German squandered a chance to hold before double faulting to hand the top seed the first break of the match. That poorly timed error played heavily on Brown’s mind as the defending champion quickly made it through his service game to close out the first set 6-3 after 35 minutes.

The world number one had an excellent chance to dominate at the beginning of the second set but grew frustrated after missing an attempted backhand cross court pass at break point. Brown saved a second break point with a swinging drive volley winner going back behind the Brit and subsequently held to move 2-1 in front.

The Brit was not to be disappointed for long as he brought up two more break points on the Brown serve. The German saved both once again with two spectacular drop volleys, but Murray forced his way to a third opportunity with some aggressive service returns to secure the break. After the world number 91 squandered a couple of chances to hold in the seventh game the top seed hung tough and began to join in playing cat and mouse with his opponent, securing a double break to take firm control of this second round match. With a healthy lead intact, Murray swiftly served out the set by six games to two to take a two sets to love lead after just over an hours play.

Murray was not in any mood to let up in his level of play and Brown was certainly tiring physically as we entered the third set. The British number one broke the German in the third game and yet again in the fifth game to move just two games away from victory. With talks turning towards Murray’s third round match the top seed threw in two unexpected double faults to fall down 15-30 on serve. The Brit regrouped to fire an amazing forehand cross court passing shot winner and an unreturned serve help recover the situation and hold for 5-1.

Brown forced his opponent to serve it out and Murray duly obliged, closing it out on his second match point after the German netted his attempted drop shot return of serve.

The two-time Wimbledon champion will now face 28th seed Fabio Fognini in the third round after the Italian defeated Jiri Vesely in straight sets 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2. Their head to head record is currently tied at three wins apiece but Friday will be their first meeting on grass, a surface where Murray has a far superior record and pedigree over the Italian number one.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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