Murray was broken in the very first game. This was a taste of things to come, with the Czech veteran pounding the world number two’s serve at will, feeding off the Scot’s defensive slices and knocking off volleys for fun.
Stepanek was relishing the extra pace provided by the altitude and bringing plenty of attitude to boot, with his old-school tennis and OTT celebrations. But at 3-2, Murray’s greater variety of shot began to tell and he broke back to level the set.
The Scot clung on to take the set to a tiebreak and some mentally focused tennis and r...
Murray last played Nadal on clay in Madrid last year, putting in a superb performance to beat the Spaniard 6-3, 6-2. The world number two continued where he left off nearly a year ago, dictating play with a combination of pin-point serving and heavy ground strokes.
Nadal was under pressure from the outset, harried around the court and tormented by a series of sublime drop-shots. The Spaniard finally cracked at 3-2. Murray broke again at 5-2 to take the set at a canter.
Nadal is nothing if not resilient, and the Spaniard broke Murray at the start of the second set. The Brit quickly ...
Murray had come through against Benoit Paire in a laboured yet ultimately gutsy performance on Thursday. That match had seen a continuation of his recent clunky play since reaching the Australian Open final in January and becoming a father, so hopes were not high that he would turn things around against the big-serving Raonic.
However, Murray schooled the Canadian and looked switched-on and determined from the start. Returning and serving well, the Scot dropped only two games in the match and bagelled his opponent in the second set.
Murray takes this sudden upturn in form into...
After Novak Djokovic's shock early exit at the hands of Jiri Vesely yesterday, every other player remaining in the draw would have felt a renewed sense of optimism that they could shoot for glory in Monaco. That dream remains alive for Murray, but he continued his recent scratchy form since becoming a father by first allowing Paire to start strongly, then forcing his way back to parity and snatching the match as the final set was approaching the dreaded tiebreak.
Murray's fans were in the doldrums in the early stages of the match as the Scot's first serve percentage languished at 38% in the opening set....
Murray wasn't at his best in this match, in particular struggling with accuracy on his forehand. Herbert gave a good account of himself, but in the end Murray's greater experience gave him the advantage.
After winning a comfortable first set, Murray's form dipped and he dropped his serve three times in the second set and the world number 95 levelled the match.
But the second seed responded positively in the decider, taking advantage of Herbert's errors to break for a 4-1 lead. Although Herbert had a chance to break back three games later, Murray held firm before eventually closing o...
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Andy Murray has stunned the tennis world by revealing that he’s agreed to play this year’s Rome Masters for the equivalent of the ladies’ prize money.
The Italian Open is one of the few joint WTA-ATP meetings with a discrepancy in prize money between the two tours. Last year’s men’s singles winner, Novak Djokovic, took home €628,100, while Maria Sharapova, the ladies’ champion, pocketed a ‘mere’ €400,250.
Murray has long been seen as an ardent pro-feminist, going out of his way to back the British WTA stars, supporting the Hopman Cup mixed event and, of course, hiring a female coach...
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