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Andy Murray Playing Tennis With Mindset Every Match Could Be His Last

After recording an emotional first round win at the Cinch Championships in London, the three-time Grand Slam champion explains his perspective on playing in sport following many injury setbacks.




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Moments after winning his opening match at the Queen’s Club on Tuesday the emotions started to show on Andy Murray’s face as he held back the tears.


Taking to the court in what was his first competitive match played on the grass for over 1000 days, the former world No.1 rallied to a 6-3, 6-2, win over France’s Benoit Paire. A player who has won only two out of his past 17 matches played. As for Murray, he has recorded his second win on the ATP Tour this season after missing the past couple months due to injury.

“There are doubts and stuff before going out there but then after the early games it is less about your body and head and more about the match and trying to win,” he said.
“I felt pretty calm on the court as grass is a very natural surface for me and I am comfortable on it.”

Queen’s is just the fourth tournament Murray has played in this year. He missed the Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19 and subsequently started his season at a Challenger event in Italy. He then played tournaments in Montpellier and Rotterdam before suffering another injury setback. His latest misfortune was a groin injury which sidelined him for three months.

It has been a turbulent journey for Murray, who has undergone two hip surgeries in order to prolong his career. Perhaps the best indication of where his form currently is will take place in the next round at Queen’s where he faces top seed Matteo Berrettini. They last played each other at the 2019 Beijing Open with Murray prevailing in two tiebreakers.

“Berrettini is obviously a top player, top seed here,” Murray said. ” He had a really strong French Open. I need to play one level up from today (Tuesday) if I want to do well there.”

Regardless of what happens in his upcoming match, Murray says he will just be relishing the fact he is able to play. Admitting that he wished he was more relaxed about playing on the Tour prior to his injury misfortunes. Now, his mentality when taking to the court is that every match might be his last. Murray was closed to retirement a couple years ago before undergoing his second hip surgery. Since then he has downplayed talk about walking away from the sport.

I just wish I had appreciated the small moments and stuff, like walking back on the grass court for the first time, like off the back of the clay season, just enjoying those moments,” he explains.
“I’m always sort of telling myself, and maybe it’s not the best mindset, but each match could be my last one that I play now.
“I want to make the most of every match that I play and each tournament that I get the chance to compete in.”

Murray is a five-time champion at Queen’s and has won the title more than any other player in history. His quarter-final with Berrettini will take place on Thursday.


Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag




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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