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Connors call lifts beaten Murray


Telegraph - Dank, chilly and with a desert wind that suggested that tumbleweed might soon pass through the court, Andy Murray's first match as the British No 1 was the tennis equivalent of football's wet Wednesday night at Rotherham. The Strip was still there as the backdrop, but there was hardly much by way of Las Vegas glamour with spectators wrapped in sleeping-bags, sheepskin coats and, strangely, rolls of carpet.

No wonder, then, that Murray would probably like to forget about his 6-2, 6-2 defeat by Tommy Robredo, the Spanish third seed and a top-20 player with an earnest way about him which kept him going in weather which can hardly have been much warmer than it was in Dunblane yesterday. The 18-year-old was much more animated when it came to discussing his film shoot next week with Jimmy Connors, one of the sport's snarling, fist-pumping greats and controversial figures.

Murray disclosed that it had been "an honour" to have been approached by Connors and cast in the American's coaching DVD. The teenager said he had been asked to make himself available for filming in Indian Wells in California at the start of next week before the Masters Series tournament there. It is understood that the other names who have been asked to appear include Boris Becker, Chris Evert and Anna Kournikova.

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