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Andy Murray Hopes Latest Davis Cup Match Will Not Be His Last

Sunday at the Emirates Arena marked the 41st time Murray has won a Davis Cup match since his debut in 2005.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Davis Cup by Rakuten Glasgow Group Stage 2022 at Emirates Arena on September 18, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is prepared for the possibility that his last Davis Cup match played in Glasgow on Sunday could be the final one of his career. 

 

The former world No.1 eased to a 6-4, 6-3, win over Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Popko during what has been a disappointing event for the host nation. Great Britain entered their final tie of the group on Sunday knowing they had failed to secure qualification for November’s finals after suffering losses to the Netherlands and USA. Nevertheless, Murray gave home fans something to cheer about with a largely solid performance that featured 33 winners and nine aces. 

Although closing the match out was harder than it seemed for Murray who admitted afterwards that he started to feel emotional about the possibility of playing the team competition in his city of birth for the last time. 

“I only thought about it at about 5-2 in the second set. I wasn’t thinking about it before the weekend, during any of the doubles matches or anything. I kind of realized that as I was playing the match.” He said. 
“I lost my focus a bit and felt a little bit emotional about that. But, yeah, I wasn’t thinking about that throughout the rest of the week I guess probably because there was always another match coming as well.”

Throughout his career Murray has played in 51 Davis Cup matches, winning 41 of those. In 2015 he guided his country to its first title in 79 years by winning 11 matches in a row. 

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and this seems to be the case for the 35-year-old who describes his decision not to play in the event last year as a ‘mistake.’ As for the future, Murray has vowed to play the Davis Cup if he is selected to do so but acknowledges he faces stiff competition. At present, Britain has nine players in the Pepperstone ATP top 100 – four in singles and another five in doubles. 

“It’s not going to be easy with the players that we have. Someone like Jack Draper is improving all the time. He’ll be involved in the team for many years. Then I don’t know which way the captain will go with the doubles after the results here, as well.” Murray said about being selected in the future. 
“I don’t know what the future holds in that respect but if I’m selected I’ll definitely, definitely be involved.”

Murray’s next tournament will be in less than a week at the Laver Cup where Roger Federer is set to play the last match of his career. 

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Brandon Nakashima wins his first ATP title in his home city San Diego

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Brandon Nakashima beat Marcos Giron 6-4 6-4 in an all-American final to win his first ATP Tour title in his third final in his home city at the San Diego Open. 

 

Nakashima has moved 21 places this week moving up  to world number 48 in the ATP Ranking and number 6 in the ATP Next Gen Race to Milan. The US player reached the semifinal at last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals. 

Nakashima converted the only break point in the fifth game to claim the first set 6-4. 

The first set did not feature a single deuce game, before four games went to deuce in the second set. Nakashima went up an early break in the first game, but he dropped his serve for the first time in the match at deuce in the fourth game for 2-2. Nakashima won eight points from 2-2, including a break in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead. Giron held serve at 3-4 in the seventh game. Nakashima won 12 of the last 13 points on serve, including a love hold to close out the match. “It feels like a dream to win my first ATP title in my home town. To be able to capture my first title here. It’s unbelievable. Amazing atmosphere here tonight. I just really want to say thank you for coming out and showing your support. No matter the score out here today. I always knew there were going to be some tough moments. I knew it wasn’t going to come easy against my friend Giron. I had to battle for every game. At the beginning of the second set, a couple of tight games. I lost my serve, but I think I regrouped pretty well in the next game. I was happy to close it out on my serve ”, said Nakashima.

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Lorenzo Sonego claims the title in Metz

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Lorenzo Sonego beat seventh seed Alexander Bublik 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 after 87 minutes in the final of the Moselle Open in Metz to win the third title of his career and the first in 2022 without dropping a set in the whole week after beating Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinal. Sonego won his first tournament on hard-court.

 

Sonego, who was playing the fifth final of his career, saved three break points at 2-2 to hold serve in the fifth game of a hard-fought first set. Bublik saved a set point on return at 4-5 down with a backhand passing shot. 

Sonego won four consecutive points from 3-3 in the tie-break with two mini-breaks to claim the opening set 7-3 after 57 minutes. 

Sonego broke serve in the third game at 15 to take a 2-1 lead, as Bublik made a volley error on the break point. The former Vienna finalist earned a double break at 30 in the fourth game to take a 4-1 lead with a passing shot. Sonego closed out the win with a hold at 15 on his first match point. 

Sonego has extended his lead in the head-to-head matches against Bublik to 4-0. 

“I improved my tennis every day, and I am really happy for this match and this tournament. I like the atmosphere here. It was unbelievable today, yesterday and this week. It’s really tough to play against Alexander, because he is an unbelievable player with an amazing serve, good talent, and it is always tough to play him”, said Sonego. 

Sonego has reached his first ATP Tour final since Eastbourne in June 2021.  With this title he has moved up to world number 44 in the ATP Ranking. 

Bublik had won his first ATP title on French indoor courts in Montpellier last February. “Big congratulations to Lorenzo. It’s always a pleasure to lose against you, as I told you at the net. Thanks to my team, thanks to everyone for supporting me and I was happy to be back in the finals in France”, said Bublik.

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In-Form Liudmila Samsonova Storms To Tokyo Title

Tokyo is the second tournament this year the Russian has won without dropping a set.

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Liudmila Samsonova has continued her rapid surge on the Tour by defeating China’s Qinwen Zheng 7-5, 7-5, to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. 

 

The world No.30 dropped serve only once and hit four aces as she edged her way past rising star Zheng who is the first Chinese teenager to reach the final of a Tour-level singles event. Overall, Samsonova won 68% of her service points en route to becoming the first Russian player to win the tournament since Nadia Petrova in 2012. 

“It’s amazing, I don’t have too many words right now. I need a little bit of time,” said Samsonova, who beat Grand Slam champions Elena Rybakina and Garbine Muguruza earlier in the draw. 
“It was a really tough match. She is playing amazing. It was a nervous match, we were fighting every point. It was tough.”

Samsonova is becoming a formidable force in the women’s game and has now won 18 out of her past 19 matches. Last month she also won titles in Washington and Cleveland before reaching the last 16 of the US Open for the first time in her career at the age of 23. She is now 4-0 in tournament finals and didn’t drop a set in Tokyo this week. 

“I played a high level in all my five matches. I am incredibly happy about how I managed it,” she said.

There is also a reason for Zheng to celebrate with her run in Tokyo securing her place in the world’s top 30 for the first time on Monday when the rankings are updated. Making her the first Chinese player to do so as a teenager. She is also only the second teenager to reach the final of a WTA 500 event or higher this season after Coco Gauff at the French Open. 

Samsonova will also rise to a ranking high on Monday to just outside the world’s top 20. 

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