World No. 1 Andy Murray has crashed out of the Barcelona Open.
The British star lost to Dominic Thiem at the semi-final stage of the tournament. Murray broke three times in the first set before eventually losing it in just over thirty minutes.
World No. 9 Thiemhas set up a final against Rafael Nadal after he dispatched Murray in an epic battle that lasted two hours 13 minutes. He had lost the last two meetings against the Briton on hard courts but he got his pound of flesh in the three-set meeting.
Murray started the game slowly. In fact, his last three-set victory in the quarter final against Albert Ramos-Vinolastook three hours. He was sluggish as the battle with Thiem started. The Austrian cruised to victory in the first set 6-2.
In the second set, the Scot regained his form, winning 6-3 in 48 minutes. Thiem recovered in the last set, winning 6-4 and breezing to the final. Murray complained of the wind and the schedule but added that he would be better for it. Continue reading
In a series of wins, British sportsman Andy Murray has defeated former world number one Novak Djokovic to end the season as the new holder of the top spot.
It was a bad outing for the former champion Novak Djokovic as time ran out with him being unable to defeat the aggressive new champion. Against all predictions and pre-match forecasts, the 29-year old Scot managed to emerge victorious after a grueling face off with the talented defending champion.
This is perhaps his most remarkable win over Djokovic ever since winning the first of his three grand slam titles in New York four years back. By snatching this top rank from Djokovic, Murray has confirmed to all tennis fanatics that not only is he the best player in the world statistically, he is also deserving of the number one ranking in every way. The new champion is very likely to remain in the spot into the summer of the upcoming 2017 season. Continue reading
Andy Murray is certainly not as poor a tennis player as his record against Novak Djokovic suggests. The Scot just does not seem to be ever going to get over the line versus his Serb opponent.
In the recent clash between the two which had taken place at Indian Wells, Murray had led up with quite a bit of consistency and form and his fans were hoping that he would finally be able to break the jinx, but, that was not the case to be.
It was the same sort of outcome again with Djokovic winning hands down, 6th time on the trot. Murray had a disconsolate look on his face as he confronted the media once the match was over. He said his slowness at the start gave Djokovic the edge and the match headed in only one direction from there onwards.
In the words of Murray, “I was feeling pretty good leading to this contest to be honest, but, I think I was a bit slow in the first few minutes and that might have made the difference.” Continue reading
Andy Murray might not have managed to win as many major titles as his compatriots and fans were expecting him to after his win in the Wimbledon Championships 2013, but, he still commands the same amount of respect in all parts of United Kingdom and the young players from there, both males and females, see him as role model.
Heather Watson, a 22 year-old female tennis player from UK, became the champion in the singles competition of the Hobart International Tennis tournament yesterday and she dedicated her win to Murray saying that the Scot has been a great inspiration over the last few years for her and many other British youngsters.
It was the second World Tennis Association title for Watson. No player from Great Britain had been able to win two titles on the tour in the female category in the last three decades. Continue reading