By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears, his management has confirmed. It is understood that Murray proposed last Wednesday to his 26-year-old girlfriend.

The couple have been together since 2005 and met at the US Open when Sears accompanied her tennis coach father Nigel Sears to the tournament.

Sears, a 26-year-old artist, regularly supports Murray at his matches and was courtside at his two slam wins and Olympic Gold triumph.

News of the engagement broke on the same day it was announced that Murray is to part company with assistant coach Dani Vallverdu and physical trainer Jez Green. He will continue his coaching partnership with Amélie Mauresmo.

Murray and Vallverdu are long-term friends and ...
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By Nigel Graber
On Sunday afternoon, Andy Murray was enjoying a spot of Mario Kart on his sofa when he took a call from ATP Chairman Chris Kermode. Roger Federer had pulled out of the ATP World Tour Finals championship match. Could he step in and play a little social tennis?

No problem. Murray drove himself to the O2, where he completed a semi-serious 'pro' set against WTF champion-by-default Novak Djokovic. The Scot lost the set 8-5, but won the PR war and a whole army of new admirers.

Murray declined a fee both for the singles and for an exhibition doubles that followed, in which he and John McEnroe beat Tim Henman and Pat Cash 8-6, a result that prompted the Scot’s partner to remark, “We could have done some damage in doubles”.

Murray also won ...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray suffered one of the most crushing and disappointing defeats of his career after Roger Federer stormed past him 6-0, 6-1 to send him crashing out of the ATP World Tour Finals. His defeat means that Federer and Kei Nishikori advance out of Group B to the semi-finals.

Murray went into the match knowing he needed a straight sets win to qualify out of the group. But he was not given a chance by a clinical and brilliant Federer who was in command throughout, taking full advantage of the Brit's poor serving and lack of consistency. The world number 6 was restricted to only eight points in the first set and did not win a game until 6-0, 5-0 down, suffering his most comprehensive defeat since losing to Novak Djokovic in Miami seven years ago.

The opening game did n...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray kept his ATP World Tour Finals hopes alive with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Milos Raonic. Having lost his Group B round robin opener to Kei Nishikori, this was a must-win encounter for Murray to avoid elimination. But he dealt well with the pressure to come through in straight sets.

Murray was much improved compared to his opening match, hitting the ball more cleanly and delivering a more focused performance. His greater experience in big matches showed, while Raonic was unable to summon his best tennis. The Canadian struggled to make an impression with his key strengths - his booming serve and favoured forehand, with the Brit restricting Raonic to only four aces, demonstrating the strength of his return.

Wanting to be aggressive against...
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By Nigel Graber
If Andy Murray is going to qualify for the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP Tour Finals, he’s going to have to do it the hard way, after slumping to a 6-4 6-4 defeat against Kei Nishikori in his opening group match.

While the Japanese was efficient enough and varied in his play, Murray was exceptionally disappointing, a shadow of the player who had taken three tour titles in the last six weeks.

It was a match that promised much, but one that stuttered, faltered and ultimately failed to catch light. Much of that was down to Murray’s strategy of highballing junk towards the shorter man, hoping to catch him out of his natural strike zone.

Although the Scot broke the O2 debutant at 2-2, he was doing little more than pushing the ball ar...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray's successful run of match wins was stopped by Novak Djokovic as he lost 5-7, 2-6 in the Paris Masters quarterfinal.

Murray, playing his sixth tournament in as many weeks, competed well in a close first set but struggled thereafter to maintain the intensity needed to beat the world number one. With the slow conditions in Paris suiting Djokovic's game, it was difficult for the British number one to consistently hit through the Serb's defences.

The world number eight survived a tricky opening service game, saving two break points and holding to 1-1 with an ace.

At 3-4, Murray's serve was threatened again. The Serb looked to have broken with a biting slice but Murray's Hawkeye challenge gave him a reprieve - the ball was ca...
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