By Nigel Graber
Great Britain narrowly missed out on a second consecutive Davis Cup final yesterday, the holders beaten 3-2 in Glasgow’s Emirates stadium by a spirited Argentinian team.

The hosts had got off to a difficult start, with Andy Murray losing in five colossal sets and over five hours to the resurgent Juan Martin Del Potro. Matters got worse when an out-of-sorts Kyle Edmund fell to Guido Pella in the second singles.

But Saturday brought a change of fortune. Andy teamed up with his brother Jamie to take the doubles, which strangely featured Del Potro, in four sets, and the comeback was on.

When an exhausted Murray thrashed Pella in the reverse singles, hopes were high for a minor miracle, especially when news broke that Del Potro would n...
By Nigel Graber
In a match of service breaks and frayed tempers, Andy Murray succumbed to the all-court power and dexterity of Kei Nishikori to crash out of the US Open. The Japanese won 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to stagger into the semi-final.

The Scot started handily enough, utterly dominating the first set and using his flat backhand to open up the court and break at will.

Set two looked to offer more of the same. Murray led by a break at 3-2, but was immediately pegged back to 3-3 with some defiant returning from the number six seed.

At 30-40 in the next game, with rain falling, the roof slid into place and the Scot was rarely the same again. Seemingly unable to cope with the rise in humidity and a heavier, slower ball, the world number two...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray put on a sublime performance to sweep past 22nd seed Grigor Dimitrov in the last sixteen of the US Open with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win.

It was a dominant display from the second seed – his struggles against Lorenzi in the last round seemed like a distant memory. All aspects of his game were firing as he completely dismantled Dimitrov’s game.

Murray’s serve speeds were a particular highlight – scoring several 130+ mph first serves, including a 141 mph howitzer – his fastest ever serve on record. He was equally effective off the ground, dragging Dimitrov from corner to corner in pursuit of his piercing groundstrokes.

The match started well enough for 25-year-old Dimitrov, with Murray being forced to save two break points. But o...
By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray overcame Paolo Lorenzi 7-6, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the US Open.

Facing a journeyman opponent playing the best tennis of his career, Murray made hard work of things. The Brit hit a remarkable 63 unforced errors, and for much of the first two sets struggled to find a strategy to blunt Lorenzi's attack.

Lorenzi wasn't expected to put up much resistance. The Italian defeated Gilles Simon in five sets on Thursday and by the conclusion was so exhausted he could barely walk.

If the world No. 40 was suffering from his exertions he didn't show it. Time and again he made improbable returns before profiting from Murray's impatience. The Brit was seemingly in no mood for extended rallies and was frequently guilty of pulling the trigger t...
By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray overcame Marcel Granollers in the second round of the US Open in a testing encounter, 6-4 6-1 6-4.

As it rained outside, Murray eventually reigned under the new Arthur Ashe court roof after being made to work for his victory by a Spanish opponent who at times played some fantastic tennis.

Murray broke serve early on to take a 3-0 lead and threatened to steamroller Granollers when he took the fourth game to deuce, but the Spaniard wriggled out of that to get on the board.

Murray's first serve percentage was only 43% in the match as a whole and he was unable to close out the set on his own serve at 5-3 as Granollers fought through several deuces to break back.

Despite that frustration, Murray showed (whisper it...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray made an ideal start to his US Open campaign, beating world number 81 Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just under two hours.

It was a comfortable match overall for Murray, who successfully dismantled Rosol's game over the course of the encounter. The second seed served well, winning 83% of points on his first serve, conceding no break points, and hitting 11 aces. He kept his unforced error count to a minimum, making only 17 throughout the match.

The match began in competitive fashion with a 22-stroke rally. Big-hitting Rosol can be a tricky opponent, and the first few games were keenly contested.

But once Murray made his breakthrough in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, the 31-year-old Czech found it difficult to hit thr...
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