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Andy Murray Not Giving Up On Grand Slam Title Goal Despite Comprehensive US Open Defeat

The former two-time Wimbledon champion reflects on his latest performance in New York where he was swept aside by one of the sports most promising rising stars.

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray says he needs to work on both his physicality and consistency on the court after crashing out of the US Open.

 

The former world No.1 fell 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, to Canadian rising star Felix Auger Aliassime who produced one of his best performances on the Tour this season. Murray was unable to make an impact on his opponents serve and failed to generate a break point opportunity throughout the match. Auger-Aliassime won 89% of his first service points and blasted 52 winners past the two-time Olympic champion.

He served a little bit better tonight than he had in the last couple of weeks which helped because he obviously got quite a lot of free points with the first serve,” Murray said following the match.
“Even when I was getting a racquet on it he was able to dictate off the first shot of the rally, as well.”

Murray’s defeat came two days after his marathon clash against Yoshihito Nishioka which saw him fight back from two sets down to win. Making it the 10th time in his career that he had done so. The US Open is the first major tournament he has played since having hip resurfacing surgery and only the second this year after starting the season late due to pelvic bruising.

Whilst there are positives for the 33-year-old in his bid to return back to the top of the sport, he admits that there is still a lot of work he needs to do.

“I would like to play consistently better tennis and consistently higher-level tennis because what that does is like in the first round, for example, I thought I played better as the match went on,” he explained.
“But if you aren’t playing at a high level consistently then you will play longer matches because you’re having dips. I think that was the case in my matches last week, as well.’
“I played a really good first set against Zverev, dropped off a bit in the second set, third set was kind of similar. The match against Tiafoe was the same.’
“So that’s something that’s going to have to improve, as well.”

Besides targeting areas of his game that he needs to improve over the coming months, Murray feels that his latest New York performances has enhance his belief they he can one day pose a threat in the majors again. Due to injury setbacks, he has only played in a grand slam three times since 2018.

“In terms of winning Grand Slams again, that’s going to be extremely difficult to do. It was hard enough when I had two normal hips. So it will be difficult, but I’ll keep trying, like, why not?” Murray admits.
“Why shouldn’t I try my hardest to do that? And if I don’t, that’s all right. But I might as well shoot for the stars. And if I don’t get there, then that’s all right. But I’m trying my best to get the most out of what my body gives me now.”

As for Auger-Aliassime his latest win was in some ways a full circle for him. At the age of 11 he watched Murray play at the 2011 US Open on Arthur Ashe Arena when he defeated Feliciano Lopez in the third round. Nine years later he is now the one who has defeated the British great. An achievement that has moved him into the third round of the US Open for the first time in his career.

It wouldn’t be fair for me to say that he was at his peak tonight,” the world No.21 said of Murray.
“But even though he wasn’t his best tonight, I still felt and I understood why he was a great champion with the way he was able to make you earn every point and you needed to play well to win a match like today.” He added.

Murray’s focus now switches to the upcoming clay-court swing. Although he will not be playing in Rome in order to give his body a longer rest ahead of the French Open.

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Alexander Zverev Confident ATP Finals Will Be Safe To Attend

The US Open finalist speaks out about travelling to the British capital during the pandemic.

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Alexander Zverev at the US Open 2020 (photo Twitter @usopen)

Germany’s Alexander Zverev believes the ATP Finals will be one of the safest places to be amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The world No.7 will head to London next month to play in the season-ending event which features the eight best players in the world of men’s tennis. London has recently been moved from level one to level two on the British Government’s COVID-19 tier system following a rise in cases of the virus towards 100 per 100,000. People from different households are now no longer allowed to mix inside under the new rules. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, recently said that the number of infection cases is doubling every 10 days.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Zverev says he is confident that the event will be safe to attend. For the first time this year it is taking place behind closed doors in accordance with government rules. In 2019 242,883 fans attended the tournament over an eight-day period.

“We will stay in a hotel next to the stadium, which will be bolted. I think this will be the last place, where people are vulnerable to the coronavirus disease,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.

US Open runner-up Zverev is hoping for a strong end to what has been a testing season for the sport which was halted for five months due to the pandemic. On Sunday he added to his title collection by defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets to win the bett1HULKS Indoors in Cologne. The tournament was also held without fans due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Although we didn’t have any fans inside the arena, I felt the support from home. I had the feeling playing on home soil and I hope that many fans watched the final on TV,” Zverev commented.
“It is different and more difficult this year, as we played less tournaments than usual. I hope that I can keep it up like this.” He added.

At present six players have already qualified for the ATP Finals. Besides Zverev, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are all set to play. World No.4 Roger Federer has also qualified but will not be playing after deciding to pull the plug on his season due to a knee injury.

The O2 Arena has been home to The ATP Finals since 2009 and has welcomed more than 2.8 million fans to the event over that period. However, the event will be moved to Italy from next year.

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Andy Murray Outlines Next Steps Following Cologne Defeat

The Brit says he has lost his way on the court following another early exit in a tournament.

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Former world No.1 Andy Murry has admitted he is losing his way on the court following his first round exit from the Bett1HULKS Indoors event in Cologne on Tuesday.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out 6-4, 6-4, by Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in a late-night encounter that took exactly 100 minutes. Making it the second tournament in a row he has lost his opening match following the French Open. Against Verdasco, Murray struggled with his first serve throughout as he could only win 37% of points and failed to convert nine out of his 11 break point opportunities.

“I need to get back to playing my game on the court, I’ve kind of gone away from that a little bit,” Murray told reporters after.
“I’m maybe making a few more mistakes than usual because of that.”

Currently ranked outside the top 100, Murray is still on the comeback from injury. In January 2019 he underwent hip resurfacing surgery which involved inserting a metal rod into his joint. In a recent interview the Brit said the procedure would take his body an estimated 18 months to get used to. On top of that issue, at the start of this season he was sidelined with pelvic bruising.

Injury woes aside, Murray admits that there are ‘a lot of things’ he still needs to improve on as he describes his performance as only a marginal improvement on what he produced at Roland Garros. On that occasion he could only win six matches against Stan Wawrinka before crashing out.

“I need to practice, I need to play matches and physically I need to get better,” he said.
“Some things I did a little bit better but overall it was not that much better than that match (against Wawrinka in Paris).
“It’s a surface that I’m a little bit more comfortable on, so that probably helped me. But in terms of my game, it was not much better.”

Cologne is Murray’s fourth tournament of the season due to the five-month break related to COVID-19 and his injury setback. His win-loss record currently stands at 3-4 with his best run being to the third round of the Western and Southern Open. It was at that event where he defeated Alexander Zverev whom he would have played again this week if he had defeated Verdasco.

Organisers of the Bett1HULKS Indoors have confirmed that from Wednesday no spectators will be allowed to attend the event amid a rise of COVID-19 cases in the region. Tennis Net has reported that the 250 fans are still allowed to attend under local regulations but tournament director Edwin Weindorfer has decided for it to be held behind closed doors.

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Andy Murray Eyeing Revival In Form Following French Open Misery

The injury-stricken Brit outlines his goals for the remainder of the 2020 season.

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Former world No.1 Andy Murray is hoping to get back on track over the coming weeks as he targets a rise to the world rankings before the season concludes.

 

The three-time Grand Slam winner is returning to action this week at the Bett1Hulks Indoors in what will be his first match since his one-sided defeat at the French Open. In Paris Murray could only win six games in his first round match against Stan Wawrinka as he recorded just 36% of his first serves in. The performance drew criticism from former tennis player Mats Wilander who questioned if it was right to hand the Brit a wildcard to play in the Grand Slam to begin with. A view that was branded as ‘pathetic’ by Murray’s former training partner Daniel Vallverdú.

With the Paris disappointment behind him, Murray is eager to make up for his loss on the European indoor circuit. He has been handed a tough draw in Germany this week where he will start against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco. The winner of that clash will then take on top seed Alexander Zverev. A player who Murray has already beaten this year.

“It will be good to get a few matches in over these next few weeks – I hope to perform better than I did in Paris,” said Murray.
“I want to win tournaments and move up the rankings.
“Physically, my body tends to feel better the more I play.
“Hopefully, I will play a lot over the next two weeks, perform well and see how it goes after that.”

Murray is currently ranked 115th on the ATP Tour and has only managed to play six matches this year. At the start of the season he was sidelined from action due to pelvic bruising. He is seeking a return back inside the world’s top 100 for the first time since May 2018.

In recent years Murray’s progression on the Tour has been hindered by various injury setbacks with the most serious concerning his hip. The 33-year-old has already undergone two hip surgeries with the last taking place in January 2019.

“It has gone well at times and sometimes been a struggle,” Murray reflected.
“I was told it would be an 18-month process for my body to get used to it.
“It changes the way your pelvis moves and your body needs to adjust.
“Hopefully with a few matches this autumn and some good training, next year will be a good one.”

Murray will start his campaign at the Bett1Hulks Indoors against Verdasco on Tuesday afternoon.

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