Posts Tagged ‘Andy Murray’

Daily Bagel: Ranking Rafa’s clay losses

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The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: Highlights from Maria Sharapova’s 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) victory over Lucie Safarova in Stuttgart that took three hours and 24 minutes.

• Ed McGrogan of Tennis.com ranks, by magnitude, Rafael Nadal’s 12 clay losses since 2005. It’s no surprise that his only loss at the French Open, against Robin Soderling in 2009, tops the list.

One of tennis’ “Where were you when…” moments, Nadal’s cloak of invincibility was ripped by the stern Swede as foreboding clouds hung overhead at Roland Garros. … Using even his backhand to swing points in his favor, Soderling imposed his power game on Nadal.

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  • Published On Apr 23, 2014
  • Hometown honor brings Andy Murray to tears

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    Andy Murray broke down in tears on Wednesday while accepting a prestigious civic honor in his Scottish hometown.

    The reigning Wimbledon champion, 26, was overcome with emotion as he addressed family, friends and local supporters during a special meeting of the Stirling Council at his former school, Dunblane High. Murray received the freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from Stirling University, where he trained.

    “I think everyone knows that I’m extremely proud of where I come from,” Murray said, his voice cracking, before pausing to compose himself. “So to get this honor means a lot to me.”

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  • Published On Apr 23, 2014
  • Andy Murray does impromptu Twitter Q&A

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    Andy Murray provided a window into the beauty of social media while waiting for his flight. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

    Andy Murray held an impromptu Twitter Q&A on Sunday when his flight to Paris experienced some unexpected issues, and he found himself stuck waiting to board another plane.

    It appeared to be an innocent enough tweet, but Murray was soon retweeting a series of digs from his followers making fun of him for his #herewegonextplane hashtag. Murray, ever the counterpuncher, flipped the script and offered to do a Q&A with fans on Twitter. But only if they used his much-maligned hashtag.

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  • Published On Apr 21, 2014
  • Roundtable Part I: Analyzing ATP and WTA storylines from the season so far

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    Stanislas Wawrinka surprised everyone by beating Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2014 Australian Open. (David Callow/SI)

    Stanislas Wawrinka surprised everyone by beating Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2014 Australian Open. (David Callow/SI)

    With the first three-plus months of the 2014 tennis season behind us, I’ve asked Ricky Dimon of The Grandstand, Lindsay Gibbs of The Changeover, Erik Gudris of Tennis Now and Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times to reflect on what’s happened so far, and look ahead to what’s to come. 

    This roundtable has two parts — click here to read the second part. Be sure to check out our winners and losers of the season so far for the ATP and the WTA.

    What has been the most significant development, result or storyline so far?

    Erik Gudris: It’s been a busy first quarter that gave us Stanislas Wawrinka’s first ever major title, Novak Djokovic bouncing back to win the Indian Wells/Miami double, Serena Williams winning Miami though giving us a few unexpected losses and the recent surge of some young WTA players all with bright prospects moving ahead.

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Does Rafael Nadal try to catch Teymuraz Gabashvili’s racket?

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: Was Rafael Nadal trying to catch Teymuraz Gabashvili’s racket here? Or was he so focused on tracking the ball that he didn’t see the racket flying in the air until the very last minute?

    • Roger Federer says he’ll skip out on tennis if needed so he can be at Mirka’s side for the birth of their next child. Federer hasn’t revealed the due date to the media, but the Federers announced that Mirka was expecting at the end of December, which means she may deliver sometime around the French Open and Wimbledon.

    It’s a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife,” Federer said Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. ”I’ve played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn’t change anything for me.”

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • Best matches, best Tweeter, biggest bummer: Early-season offbeat awards

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    Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic pushed each other to the limit in their five-set quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. (Getty Images)

    Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic pushed each other to the limit in their five-set quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. (Getty Images)

    Before the clay-court season heats up, Beyond The Baseline is taking stock of the year in tennis so far. We’ve already covered the winners and losers for the ATP and WTA. Here’s a look at more highlights and lowlights from the first three months of the season.

    Best ATP match: Stanislas Wawrinka d. Novak Djokovic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open

    Once again at the Australian Open, these two played an unforgettable five-set match, and this year, Wawrinka earned his revenge. Will these guys end up playing the match of the year at the Australian Open for the second season in a row?

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  • Published On Apr 11, 2014
  • Photos: Best shots from the Davis Cup quarterfinals

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    This could be the year Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka bring the Davis Cup home to Swizerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

    After a thrilling weekend of Davis Cup ties, we’re down to the Final Four, France will host the two-time defending champion Czech Republic, while Switzerland, the only team left to never have won Davis Cup, will host Italy. The semifinals will be played in September the week after the U.S. Open.

    NGUYEN: Roger Federer propels Team Switzerland into Davis Cup semifinals

    The World Group Playoffs will take place the same weekend as the main competition. With promotion and relegation on the line, the U.S. will host the Slovak Republic and Canada will host Colombia. In a tough travel schedule, Serbia will have to fly to India and Spain will travel to South American to play Brazil. Will we see Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal jump in to help their teams stay in the World Group? We will see.

    Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos from last weekend’s quarterfinals:

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Stephens crashes out of Bogota to No. 129-ranked Duque-Marino

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: Novak Djokovic practices in Monte Carlo with his new puppy, Tesla.

    • Result: Sloane Stephens lost to No. 129 Mariana Duque-Marino 6-3, 6-3 in her first match in Bogota.

    • Jerzy Janowicz lashed out at reporters after Poland’s Davis Cup loss to Croatia.

    After being interrogated by journalists at a press conference after the match on Sunday, Janowicz lost his temper.

    “Who are you to criticize us?” a clearly upset Janowicz from Lodz in central Poland said, before going on to slam the sports system in the country and Poland in general.

    “Poland is a country that has no prospects in sport, business or private life. Kids go to college just to get out of the country,” a bitter 23 year-old Polish No. 1 said.

    “We train in sheds. So why do you have such high expectations of us?”

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Early-season ATP winners and losers

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    Novak Djokovic completed the Indian Wells/Miami double for the second time. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    Before the clay-court season heats up, Beyond The Baseline is taking stock of the year in tennis so far. Here’s a look at the ATP Tour winners and losers from the first three months. Click here for the WTA Tour breakdown.

    Winners

    Stanislas Wawrinka: Wawrinka failed the best he’s ever failed — and, really, better than we ever thought he would fail — at the Australian Open, where he won his first major title and became the first player to beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament. His vengeful 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 victory over Djokovic, the three-time defending champion, in the quarterfinals was his signature win of the season and left no doubt that Wawrinka can continue to be a force on tour as long as he stays healthy and motivated. (The 29-year-old Swiss hasn’t been at his best since Melbourne, though.) Wawrinka also won the season-opening Chennai Open, climbed to No. 3 to supplant Roger Federer as the Swiss No. 1 and teamed with Federer to lead Switzerland into the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 11 years.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Maria Sharapova gives Andy Murray some fashion advice

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    Maria Sharapova discussed a variety of topics with her fellow pros. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    Maria Sharapova is used to being on the “answer” side of a Q&A, but rarely does she have to field any inquisitive questions from her colleagues. In the HEAD video below, a relaxed Sharapova talks Sugarpova, Paris and fashion while answering a few questions from her sponsor-mates Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2014


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