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Andy Murray Returns To Grand Slam Tennis With Gruelling US Open Win

It was far from plain sailing for the Brit in his first grand slam match for 13 months.

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Former world No.1 Andy Murray has progressed to the second round of the US Open after battling past James Duckworth 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, in what was a battle of the comeback kids in New York.

 

Murray, who triumphed in Flushing Meadows back in 2012, is playing in only his sixth tournament since returning from a hip injury. Furthermore, he was contesting his first best-of-five set match this season. Meanwhile, former top 100 player Duckworth has also suffered his fair share of injury woes. Undergoing five surgeries on his right foot, right shoulder and right elbow since 2017. Both players have endured misfortune, but it was Murray who managed to prevail in their clash. Hitting 31 winners to 29 unforced errors and converting six out of his 15 break point opportunities.

“At times it was tricky. Especially early on in the match. It was very, very lively and very hot.” Murray said during his on-court interview.
“The ball was flying around and James was serving big and playing a lot of drop shots. Throwing me off rhythm.
“I am happy I managed to get through that and play some good tennis at times.”

Judging on their career records, Murray went into the match as the favourite to win. Although that illusion was swiftly dismissed by 26-year-old Duckworth, whose risky game plan raked in its benefits. Leaving  Murray frustrated as he failed to convert two set points whilst leading 6-5.  The mood of the Brit deteriorated further in the tiebreaker when more gutsy play from the Australian saw him turn his fortunes around. A forehand cross-court winner gave him his first set point. Unlike Murray, he was able to convert after a slice from his rival drifted long.

Facing the prospect of falling at the first hurdle in New York for the first time in his career, Murray increased his aggression and the intensity is his shot-making. Breaking twice during the second set to revive his chances of winning.

Despite the turn in the tides, the Brit still struggled to tame his rival. Duckworth’s resilience was one that frustrated Murray and won him fans. With both players matching each other game-by-game, it was a minor blunder from the Australian that cost him dearly. Serving to stay in the third set at 5-6, a double fault handed Murray set point. An opportunity he seized after a Duckworth slice drifted out, prompting him to slam his racket on the floor out of anger.

Closing in on his first win in a major since the 2017 Wimbledon championships, Murray continued to endure a roller coaster journey. Strolling to a 3-1 lead in the fourth frame with the help of Duckworth forehand slamming into the net on break point. Only for him to be broken in the following game. Continuing to weather the storm, the Brit eventually sealed his place in the second round when a shot from his rival crashed into the net on match point.

“I made a bit of a change on the return games. I started to stand a bit further back to give me a little bit more time. I got myself into a few more rallies that way and once I got into the rallies I was a little bit more comfortable.” Murray explained about how he managed to turn the match around.

Awaiting Murray in the next round will be Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco. In his opening match, he dismissed compatriot Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. Murray has a 13-1 head-to-head lead against Verdasco on the tour.

 

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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

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Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

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David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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