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“How’s The Body?” – Serena Williams Pokes Fun At Murray’s Wimbledon Media Questions

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Serena Williams e Andy Murray - Wimbledon 2019 (foto Roberto Dell'Olivo)

WIMBLEDON: There was one common theme during Andy Murray’s post-match press conferences at Wimbledon and Serena Williams certainly noticed.

 

The two former world No.1 players journey in the mixed doubles came to an end on Wednesday at The All England Club. It was a rare occurrence for Williams, who hasn’t played in the discipline at the tournament since lifting the title back in 1998. Reflecting on their time together, they were both asked if they noticed anything about each other during their media duties.

“Andy gets asked every question about his body and the US Open. Literally every question in a different way, but it’s the same question.” Williams replied with a smile.
“It’s great for me because I get to sit here and just look. My thing is just to stay focused and not look like I’m daydreaming. But it’s nice because I love him having all the attention. It’s so good. It’s such a relief.”

Murray is on the comeback from a second hip operation and Wimbledon was only his third tournament. At present, he is focusing solely on the doubles until his body is fit enough to play singles. Although it is unknown when that will be and Murray is keen to not place a timeframe on any potential return to the ATP Tour as a singles player.

The Brit was asked the same question about any differences in their media duties. Murray was unsure, but Williams couldn’t help poking fun at the questions he has been receiving. Paving way for a light-hearted exchange that prompted laughter throughout the media room at Wimbledon.

ANDY MURRAY: Honestly, I haven’t given it much thought.
SERENA WILLIAMS: How is your body?
ANDY MURRAY: Feels good, thanks.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Are you going to be able to play New York?
ANDY MURRAY: I don’t know. I need to train, get stronger. We’ll see. I’m not sure (laughter).

While Murray leaves the tournament, Williams will return to the court tomorrow. She will play Barbora Strycova in her semi-final match as she bids to win her 24th grand slam title.

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(VIDEO) Davis Cup Day 2: Historic Day For Canada As Spain Prevail In Late-Night Thriller

Ubitennis looks at the highs and lows that occurred at the Davis Cup Finals on Tuesday.

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Denis Shapovalov alle Davis Cup Finals 2019 a Madrid (foto Twitter @DavisCupFinals)
Chief Editor Ubaldo Scanagatta rounds up Day 2 of the new Davis Cup Finals at the Caja Magica in Madrid. Canada is the first team to advance to the Quarter-finals defeating the United States for the first time in their history. However, the new format continues to be divisive among some teams. France voiced their disappointment with the attendance to their tie against Japan and Spain has called for changes to be made to the scheduling in the future after their clash with Russia lasted until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

 

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Rafael Nadal takes crucial win over Karen Khachanov in Madrid

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Rafael Nadal beat Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-6 after 2 hours and 10 minutes to score his 25th consecutive Davis Cup singles win. Nadal levelled the tie to 1-1 after Andrey Rublev came back to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-0) in the opening rubber match.

 

Nadal earned the break in the fourth game with a backhand down the line winner and saved a break point in the next game with a forehand winner. Khachanov fended off two break points in the fifth game with a forehand winner after taking a 40-0 lead. Nadal closed out the first set with two service winners in the ninth game.

Nadal saved a break point at 3-4 with a service winner in the second set. Khachanov fended off a break point in the ninth game to set up a tie-break. Nadal earned a match point at 5-5. Khachanov saved it before earning a set point. Nadal fended it off before closing out the tie-break, when Khachanov sent a backhand long on the 16th point.

“The format makes things very difficult because every mistake puts you in a position that you don’t want to be. Losing that first match, we were under pressure”,said Nadal.

Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez completed the come-back by scoring the 2-1 point in the decisive doubles match by beating Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

“It was a difficult situation for us. We needed this win, otherwise we could be close to being out of the tournament. Now we are in a good position to advance”, said Feliciano Lopez.

Spain will secure a spot in the quarter final if they beat Croatia on Wednesday.

Canada beats the USA 2-0

 Canada beats the USA 2-0 to become the first team to secure their spot in the quarter finals. Vasek Pospisil edged past Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (9-7). Denis Shapovalov beat Taylor Fritz 7-6 (8-6) 6-3. Canada beat the USA for the first time after 15 defeats in their previous rubber matches. The two neighbouring teams have met for the first time since 1965.

Australia cruises through to 3-0 over Colombia

Australia beat Colombia 3-0 to take the lead in the Group D. Nick Kyrgios beat Alejandro Gonzales 6-4 6-4. Alex De Minaur secured the winning point in the second singles match with a 6-4 6-3 win over Daniel Elahi Galan. John Peers and Jordan Thompson fended off match points to beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3 3-6 7-6 (8-6).

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Argentina beats Chile 3-0 in South American clash

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Argentina beat Chile 3-0 in the South American tie at the Rakuten Davis Cup Final at the Caja Magica in Madrid.

 

Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman claimed singles win to give Argentina a 2-0 lead over Chile

Pella won 83 % of his first serve points to beat Nicolas Jerry 6-4 6-3 in 75 minutes in the opening match of the Group C on Centre Court.

Pella faced only one break and broke serve three times. The Argentine got the first break in the second game to build up a 5-2 lead before Jarry broke back in the ninth game. Pella broke serve in the 10th game, as Jarry netted a forehand.

Both players went on serve in the first seven games of the second set. Pella broke serve at 4-3, as Jarry made a double fault. Pella closed out the match with a service winner.

“It was unbelievable because it was a very tough match for me. I was very nervous during the entire match. Madrid is a difficult city if you are nervous to play because there is a little bit of altitude, so I was struggling a bit but I fought for every ball and that was the key to get the win”, said Pella.

Schwartzman cruised past Christian Garin 6-2 6-2 in 73 minutes in the second singles match to give Argentina a 2-0 lead. Schwartzman broke three times to claim the opening set 6-2 after half an hour. The Argentine raced out to a 5-0 lead with a double break. Garin pulled one break back in the seventh game. Scwartzman hit a backhand winner at 5-2 to seal the second set with another break.

“It’s the end of the season but I played one of the best matches for sure of the year, maybe in my career. I think Guido helped me a lot to be more confident in this match and I played unreal tennis”, said Schwartzman.

 

Maximo Gonzales and Leonardo Mayer beat Nicolas Jarry and Hans Podlipnik gave Argentina a 3-0 point with a 6-3 7-5 in the doubles match with two breaks in fourth and eighth games of the first set and eleventh games of the second set.

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