September 11, 2012 |
— Andy Murray, who had wept in disappointment when he lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in July, wept again Monday night. It was different this time. Murray, a slightly sarcastic, totally emotional 25-year-old Scotsman who had played in four previous major tournament finals, won his first Monday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. He withstood the furious will of second-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic in 4 hours 54 minutes to win the U.S. Open title, 7-6 (10)
March 12, 2011 |
Welcome back to the BNP Paribas Open, Ivan Ljubicic, site of your most impressive title in tennis, the 2010 men's singles of this prestigious ATP World Tour event. Now, meet your first opponent, Juan Martin Del Potro, once No. 4 in the world and the champion over Roger Federer, no less, of the 2009 U.S. Open. Oh yes, he is only nine years younger, three inches taller and hits his forehand like Albert Pujols hits home runs. Oh, sorry about that 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 whipping at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
June 28, 2013 |
WIMBLEDON, England - Andy Murray feels the heavy burden of expectations now that he's safely into the fourth round and has avoided the stumbles that sent Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal home shockingly early. "I think there's a lot more pressure on me now with them being out," said Murray, the No. 2-seeded player and Great Britain's hope for its first men's title since Fred Perry in 1936. "I don't read the papers and stuff, but there are papers in the locker room so you see some of the headlines and stuff.
July 6, 2013 |
WIMBLEDON, England - The legend of 1936 champion Fred Perry, the last British man to win the Wimbledon singles title, has been Andy Murray's constant companion for years. The Scotsman has faced questions about Perry - who is commemorated in statue form outside Centre Court - since Murray began ascending the world rankings. At Wimbledon last year, Murray's first chance to make a triumphant reply, he lost a four-set final to Roger Federer. "Winning Wimbledon," Murray said, "is pretty much the pinnacle of the sport.
September 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Andy Murray, who had wept in disappointment when he lost to Roger Federer in the finals of Wimbledonin July, even though he had finally won his first set in a Grand Slam final, wept again Monday night. It was different this time. Murray, a slightly sarcastic, totally emotional 25-year-old Scotsman who had played in four previous major tournament finals, won his first Monday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Murray withstood the furious will of second-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic to win the U.S. Open title, 7-6 (10)
September 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have split their last four meetings. Two of them were big-occasion events. Djokovic outlasted Murray in an enthralling five-set Australian Open semifinal. In an Olympic semifinal at Wimbledon, Murray, riding home-nation crowd cheers and playing clever all-court tennis, beat Djokovic in two close sets. In Australia, Djokovic went on to win his fifth major title. At the Olympics, Murray won the gold medal. Djokovic, seeded second and the defending champion, will play the third-seeded Murray on Monday at 1 p.m. PDT in another big-occasion event, the weather-delayed U.S. Open men's final.
March 12, 2013 |
Andy Murray still doesn't pack 'em in, even on a sultry desert-perfect night in a big-time tennis event. Not even when he has taken his game to a level projected by many to be unreachable by the always-solid Scot. In Murray's case, the perception hasn't quite caught up to the reality. In the minds of most, he remains No. 4, the player who is a notch below Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Tuesday night's offering, at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was merely a round-of-16 match.
July 6, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON, England - This might be Roger Federer's last, best chance to win a 17th tennis major. It might be Andy Murray's first, best chance to win his first. Federer, seeded third and 33 days shy of his 31st birthday, upset the top-seeded, top-ranked defending champion, Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to a modern era-record eighth Wimbledon final. And then fourth-seeded Murray, the 25-year-old from Scotland, survived the tumultuous and tumbling tennis of fifth-seededJo-Wilfried Tsongawith a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win to become the first Briton to make it to the men's final since Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1938.
August 31, 2013 |
NEW YORK - They're professionals and have been playing tennis since they were very young. They know how to hit forehands and backhands, serves and maybe even volleys. They're at the top of their game and playing in a grand slam tournament. So what's left to learn? It's a fact that the best tennis players in the world still need coaching. Technique can be adjusted, attitude can be sharpened. And gaining even the slightest competitive advantage can make a meaningful difference.