By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray today lost comprehensively to Fabio Fognini as Great Britain went down 3-2 to Italy in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup. The Scot's shortcomings on clay were brutally exposed by the hugely talented Italian in a 6-3 6-3 6-4 defeat.

Great Britain's hopes of a semi-final against Switzerland or Kazakhstan had been buoyed on Saturday after Murray and Fleming's fine doubles victory and, on the face of it, there was every reason to believe Murray would win his reverse singles and book Britain's first semi-final slot in 33 years.

Murray emerged on the Bay of Naples looking confident, and the 700 British fans who had made the journey to Italy were in jubilant mood when he took a 3-1 lead in the first set. But Fognini struck back with so...
By Nigel Graber

Update: This was of course for April Fools. Our thanks to those who played along with the story in the forum. - Ed
Andy Murray has committed himself to the Scottish Davis Cup team for the next six years. The Scot’s decision to turn his back on the British outfit follows British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith’s assertion that he will lead the Scottish team should independence come about this September.

It’s a huge relief for Scots-born Smith to have the world number 8 backing the splinter group, especially as Murray’s commitment to the British team has at times been lukewarm over the last eight years or so.

Under ITF rules, the Scottish side would begin Davis Cup life at the lowest possible level. That means Europe/Africa Zone III...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray has been knocked out of the Sony Open in Miami, losing 7-5, 6-3 to Novak Djokovic in today's quarter-final match.

The quality of tennis in the first set was very high, but the end of the set was marred by a controversial call concerning a Djokovic volley. This call seemed to unsettle Murray and he was broken to lose the set. Although he reacted positively to go a break up in the second set, the defending champion couldn't maintain his advantage and back-to-back breaks for the world number 2 enabled him to serve out a straight sets win.

Both players served very well in the first set, and hit their groundstrokes with excellent depth. Murray was notably aggressive in his approach, hitting the ball precisely and with power. Djokovic had two opportunities to br...
By Luke Sefton
Andy Murray reeled off another comprehensive victory today, thrashing the 11th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-1 to secure his ninth consecutive win in the Sony Open Tennis tournament as he moved into the quarter finals.

It was a very solid performance from the Brit who was completely dominant on serve, with Tsonga failing to bring up a single break point all match. The Frenchman was looking like making a game of it in set two, but Murray found another gear and never looked back, winning 15 of the last 16 points as he romped into the last eight.

A strong start from the Brit saw him break as early as the third game; dragging Tsonga all over the court and waiting for the Frenchman to fire a wild forehand out of court – which he obliged, r...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round of the Sony Open in Miami, beating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1.

It was a very encouraging performance from Murray, who had the advantage in the baseline exchanges and returned Lopez's serve effectively to ease to a straight sets win.

Watched by ex-coach Ivan Lendl, Murray started well, varying the pace and height of the ball to carve out a 0-40 advantage on the Spaniard's serve. Playing with power from the baseline, the Scot forced a forehand error from Lopez to get the break. His advantage was short-lived though, as the world number 34 immediately broke back to level the score.

Lopez saved a break point in the next game with good serving, but went down 0-40 in his next service game following a barrage of powerful grou...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray survived another scare to battle past Australia’s Matthew Ebden and take his place in the third round of the Sony Open in Miami. The Scot, who recently split with coach Ivan Lendl, rallied to win 3-6 6-0 6-1.

Murray, who admitted it had been “a hard few days”, started slowly, going 0-3 down barely before the players had broken sweat. This was ominous against a player who had won only two ATP matches this year.

With the wind doing its best to ruin any semblance of decent tennis, the Brit continued with the tetchy and irritable demeanour that has seen a series of patchy three-set victories over tennis’ lesser lights in recent weeks. After an unpalatable buffet of ill-advised dropshots and double faults, Murray slumped to 1-4.

The first set slipp...
By Luke Sefton | Staff Column
On Sunday 8th July 2012, after three hours and 24 minutes on court, a wayward forehand from a 25 year old Scot saw his dream crushed for the fourth time in as many years. Roger Federer was the Wimbledon champion for a record seventh time, and a heart-broken Andy Murray was to break down in tears as he pondered on another hammer blow to his hopes of ending 76 years of hurt. Not for the first time, the critics questioned if he would ever win a grand slam.

Few could have dreamed what would happen just 12 months later.

What a difference a year makes.

A golden triumph

After a promising start to his relationship with Ivan Lendl, Murray’s form had dipped and a disappointing clay season was followed by a shock second r...

Three kings and a prince

By Nigel Graber on June 24, 2012, 01:29 PM | 72 comments » add comment | | Staff Column
Murraysworld writer Nigel Graber assesses the chances of the Big Three and Everyone Else ahead of the 2012 Wimbledon men's singles, which kicks off tomorrow

Back in the day, we'd go into Wimbledon in late June with a list of possible men's winners as long as the history of the All England Club.

But in 2012, seasoned analysts are in complete accord. Nobody outside the world's top three-ranked players will be clutching that silver gilt cup on Centre Court on July 10th.

It's not that there's a dearth of quality players in the men's game. Just a dearth of credible contenders. The supremacy of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer has been complete in recent years. So complete that they've taken home every grand slam tournament since the French O...

Emperor Federer and the naked truth

By Nigel Graber on February 16, 2012, 11:56 PM | 1555 comments » add comment | | Staff Column
When Roger Federer criticised Stanislas Wawrinka last week for his poor form in the Davis Cup doubles, it was nothing new. The Swiss has had his foot in his ungracious mouth for a few years now.

The man has rocked up at Wimbledon looking like a bottle of gold-topped milk, so it seems a little ironic to learn that the emperor of tennis has no clothes.

Back in 2003, when a floppy-haired Swiss first found slam success with his liquid-whip forehand on the lawns of SW19, it seemed the tennis world was being introduced not only to a player of incomparably fine shotmaking but also to a gentleman.

Today, the former is in serious doubt – or at least the incomparable bit – and the latter is simply, unarguably, plainly wrong.

The trouble is that Rog...
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