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Andy Murray Hoping This Year’s Wimbledon Will Not Be His Last

The former world No.1 vows to give his all at the Grand Slam after saying he doesn’t know what is around the corner for his career in the future.

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Andy Murray says he wants to prolong his career but admits that it depends on how his body holds up as he heads into what possibly could be his last ever Wimbledon.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion has been troubled by injury setbacks in recent years and has had two hip surgeries in order to continue playing. Currently ranked outside the top 100, he now plays with a metal rod inserted into his hip joint. Unfortunately for the Brit it isn’t just the hip which has been problematic. He has already missed a chunk of this season due to a groin injury.

Murray returned to action last week at Queen’s where he defeated Benoit Paire in the first round before falling to top seed Matteo Berrettini, who went on to win the title. That was only the fourth ATP Tour event he has played in so far this year.

Despite the bumpy journey, the three-time Grand Slam champion has vowed to give his all at the Wimbledon Championships. Murray says he intends to play as if it is the last tournament of his career but he isn’t planning on stepping away from the sport just yet.

To me it’s not so much about me worrying about it being my last one, it’s just something that I think about. I’ve had so many injuries and so many setbacks you just don’t really know what’s round the corner,” Murray told Sky News.
“I want to approach each tournament and each match that I play like it’s my last one so that I can get the most out of it.”

This year will be Murray’s 13th appearance in the singles main draw at the All England Club. In 2013 he became the first British man in the Open Era to win the title before winning the trophy for a second time in 2016. Murray has also reached the semi-final stage on four other occasions, as well as the final in 2012.

“I’m going into the bubble on Wednesday evening so I’m going to get there early to practise at Wimbledon. Hopefully I’ve got some high quality practices – I’m practising with Cilic today and I practise with Federer later in the week,” he revealed.
“I’m just trying to play with high quality grass court players to prepare me as best as possible. I don’t want it to be my last Wimbledon, certainly I want to keep playing, I don’t want to stop just now, so yeah I wanna keep going.”

How much longer the 34-year-old will continue playing on the Tour is something that even he himself is unsure of. Instead, Murray says he will continue playing for as long as his body allows him to do so.

Its more about the body if I’m restricted in how I can prepare. If I can’t prepare properly to compete then that’s when it’s not fair on yourself to keep putting yourself out there, because you’re not properly prepared and can’t do yourself justice,” he explains.
“So if that was the case and I was having to compromise on my training just to get out there on a match court and my results weren’t good – that is something I’d look at. But providing I can train and prepare well and I’m enjoying it I’ll do it for as long as I can.”

Two years ago at Wimbledon, Murray opted to play just doubles as he was on the comeback from injury. At the tournament he teamed up with Serena Williams to play in the mixed doubles where they reached the third round. However, there will be no reunion between the two in 2021.

“No, I hadn’t planned on it this time,” Murray said on Monday.
“Singles is enough for me. Getting through singles matches has proved tough enough the last year or so. So I’ll stick to singles this year.”

The Wimbledon Championships will start next week.

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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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Brandon Nakashima shocks John Isner to reach first ATP final in Los Cabos

Brandon Nakashima stunned John Isner to reach the final in Los Cabos.

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The American became the youngest American to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

 

Brandon Nakashima booked his spot in the final beating an out of sorts John Isner 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes firing 12 aces and winning 82% points with his first serve.

“It’s always going to be tough playing against him, It’s always so hard to return his serve and try to get into the rallies with him but I tried to get back as many returns as I could and there was blocking or chipping the return or hitting over it and just try to mix it up a lot while getting different looks and I knew when I had the opportunities and when I got close in games I knew I had to take advantage of that as much as possible so luckily I was able to do it and of course taking care of my service games was important as well”.

For the first six games of the opening set, neither player had an issue holding serve but at 3-3, it was the San Diego native with the first chance to break but was denied by the world number 39’s big serve.

At 5-4, the world number 134 had two more chances to break and he got the crucial break and served out the first set.

Winning the first set seemed to invigorate the 19-year-old and he earned an early chance to break in the first game of the second set and broke to take a 1-0 lead. Once again that one break was enough to serve out the match and seal the victory.

After the match, Nakashima spoke about becoming the first American player to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

“It feels great and it’s a big accomplishment for me and of course all the Americans, we like to play in the US but it’s nice to see that I am playing well outside the US and luckily it’s not too far from my home here so I have been enjoying it here a lot both on and off the court and really looking forward to playing tomorrow again”.

Nakashima will face the number one seed Cameron Norrie in the final and can feel confident as the last time these two players met, the American beat him.

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