By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray's run at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati ended in disappointing fashion with a 3-6, 5-7 defeat to Roger Federer.

It was a ragged performance from the eighth seed, who squandered a 4-1 lead in the second set to slump to a straight sets defeat. Murray showed flashes of form at the beginning of the second set but couldn't maintain his level, struggling with a low first serve percentage and below-par returning throughout the contest.

Federer was in command during the first set, attacking Murray's second serve and dictating play. The world number nine faced break points in four out of five service games, struggling mightily to get his first serve going and not getting enough depth on his groundstrokes. Although the Brit saved five break points in his...
By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray today beat the big serving John Isner 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6 in a tight encounter at the Western & Southern Open. The Scot will meet either Roger Federer or Gael Monfils in the quarter finals.

Isners game is built around his serve - not surprising given the Americans 6'10" height. This formidable delivery is highly effective in both the first and second variants and in many ways compensates for a relatively conservative ground game.

The first set was, predictably, dominated by serve with both players managing to win just six return points each. The inevitable tiebreak (94% of Isners matches have involved at least one tiebreak) looked to be going in Murray's direction when the Scot earned an early mini-break, but some sloppy play let Isner back in. The American ...
By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray today enjoyed a straightforward 6-3, 6-3 win over João Sousa to reach the third round of the Western & Southern Open. The British number one comfortably overcame his opponent to set up a clash against the big serving John Isner.

Murray is desperately hoping for a good run in this, the last tournament before the US Open. The Scot has suffered a number of puzzling defeats over the last few weeks, most recently to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Toronto, which have left him short of match practice.

The Scot was candid about this in his pre tournament interview, admitting that he needed to stop the lapses on concentration.

I messed up a lot of matches this year. First week of the year I was up a set and a break and I lost. I was up a break in the third set...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray this afternoon let slip a 3-0 final-set lead against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to crash out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, 7-6 4-6 6-4. It was just the second time the Frenchman has beaten the two-time slam champion in 11 meetings.

The eighth seed, who reduced a racket to matchwood at the end of the match, will be desperately disappointed with this result, as he seemed in command when winning five games on the bounce from 4-4 in the second set.

But he then proceeded to lose five in a row himself as Tsonga, conqueror of Novak Djokovic in the previous round, capitalised on some loose play from the Brit.

The first set went with serve until the tiebreak, which Tsonga took 7-5. In the second, Murray broke early for 3-1, but Tsonga struck back to love. At...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray tonight received a walkover into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup after Richard Gasquet pulled out with an abdominal injury.

Murray, chasing his first title since his Wimbledon triumph in 2013, will face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who cantered to a 6-2 6-2 victory in just 64 minutes against a rusty Novak Djokovic.

By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray needed just 54 minutes to take apart the challenge of Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the first match of his North American hardcourt campaign. The Scot won 6-2 6-2 to move comfortably into round three of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

It was Murray’s first match since his Wimbledon defence fell apart at the quarter-final stage over a month ago. In that time, the Brit has been in intense training with new coach Amelie Mauresmo. The pair are reportedly close to formalising a deal that could see the Frenchwoman travel for around half the year with her charge.

Murray’s training block looked to have been time well spent as he took an early break in each set against a 19 year old who made waves at Wimbledon by reaching the quarter-finals, disposing of Rafael Nadal on the wa...
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