Tennis Talk: Jamie Murray Scoops Doubles Title at Queen’s

When Andy, his younger brother and defending champion, got knocked out in a shock first round defeat it was left to Jamie Murray to win a trophy at this year’s Aegon Championships held at The Queen’s Club in London.

2017-aegon-championships-murray-soares-final-800x300-gettyMurray and partner Bruno Soares lift the doubles trophy on Sunday after beating French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Not only was it a great victory but one for the history books too as Murray the first British man to win the Aegon Championships doubles title since Jeremy Bates back in 1990.

The final was the pair’s second match on Sunday after they first won an unfinished semi final clash that was previously interrupted due to rain against Marin Cilic and his partner Marcin Matkowski 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.

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Singles champion was Feliciano Lopez, 35 who became the tournament’s oldest winner in the Open Era beating fourth seed Cilic 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(8) with a crowd thrilling final set on Centre Court. Top seed Andy Murray, second seed Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic ranked third all made unpredicted early exits from the tournament.

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World Tennis News: Murray Wins First Dubai Title

World and British number one Andy Murray won his first Dubai Duty Free Championship title after beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets in the final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

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Murray secured the title in just over an hour winning in two sets 6-3, 6-2. This is his first title of 2017 and his 45th career title which keeps him firmly at the top of the world ranking above nearest rival Novak Djokovic.

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In other news, big brother Jamie and his partner Bruno Soares won their first ATP doubles title of 2017 at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. The duo beat John Isner (USA) and Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-3 in the final to give them their fourth title, including the Australian Open, since they teamed up in 2016. In a shock defeat American Sam Querrey defeated second seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the Mexican Open men’s final 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

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World Tennis News: Australian Open 2017

This week saw the start of the first Grand Slam of 2017, the Australian Open in Melbourne that runs from 16th until 29th January. World and British number one Andy Murray is top seed in this years Men’s singles draw and he is looking to add this title, that has so far eluded him even though he’s been in the final five times) to his ever growing collection. Standing in his way is defending champion Novak Djokovic who beat Murray in the 2016 final to claim his sixth Australian Open crown.

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In the first round Murray beat Illya Marchenko from the Ukraine in three sets 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to set up a second round clash with Russian Andrey Rublev which he also won 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. He will now face thirty-first seed Sam Querrey from America in the third round on Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco in the first round and now faces Denis Isthmian in round two.

World number nine Rafael Nadal, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2014, defeated Florian Mayer from Germany 6-3, 6-4 ,6-4, he now faces Marcos Baghdatis. Four time champion Roger Federer has progressed to the third round after beating Jurgen Melter 7-5,  3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

In other British players news, Dan Evans beat Facundo Bagnis from Argentina 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, 6-1 and then pulled off a shock four set defeat of seventh seed and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, he will now face either twenty-seventh seed Bernard Tomic from Australia or Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. Kyle Edmund beat Columbian Santiago Giraldo in his first round match 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 but Aljaz Bedene lost in round one against Victor Estrella Burgos in four sets 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, 0-6, 6-3.

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In other shock news Australian Nick Kyrgios, seeded fourteenth, was knocked in round two after he was beaten by Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Tempestaous Kyrgios (who received warnings from the umpire) lost his two set lead against the fifty-ninth seed and crashed out of his home tournament after losing the five-set marathon 1-6, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4 , 6-2, 10-8.

Defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber from Germany didn’t have an easy start to this year’s tournament after dropping a set in her first round match against Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 and will now play Kristyna Pliskova in the next round. Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams is hoping to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne and get her 2017 campaign off to a good start beating Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3.

British number one and ninth seed Johanna Konta who made it to the semi-final last year beat Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium 7-5, 6-2 in round one and will next play against Japan’s Naomi Osaka. In her first round singles match Heather Watson beat eighteenth seed Samantha Stosur from Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 but lost in the doubles first round with fellow Brit Naomi Broady against Italy’s Karin Knapp and Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5). Brady lost in the singles against Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 4-6, 5-7.

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Defending Men’s Doubles champions Brit Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares from Brazil are second seeds in this year’s competition, they face USA pairing of Query and Donald Young in the first round.
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World Tennis News: Road to London

British number one Andy Murray has qualified for this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals that will take place at The O2 in London from 13th – 20th November. Murray qualified in second place with 8,185 points behind World Number One Novak Djokovic who topped the leaderboard with 10,240. Newly crowned US Open champion, who beat Djokovic in the final, Stanislas Wawrinka is the third player to have his qualification confirmed with 4,820 points.

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The Race to London has it’s know is hotting up with only five spaces left for the season finale event which sees the world’s top eight singles and doubles players compete for the prestigious title. Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils, Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic are still in all the running for the remaining places.

In the doubles event, Australian and US Open doubles champions Jamie Murray and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares also qualified in second place with 6,80 p0ints. French duo Pierre Herbert and Nicolas Mahut were top with 7,075 points, the Bryan brothers Bob and Mike from American were third with 5,530 points and Spain’s Feliciano and Marc Lopez have also secured their places with 3,990 points.

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Players compete for Emirates ATP Rankings points throughout the season in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted places and a chance to compete at the O2. The finals are played using a round-robin format with each participant playing in three matches as they compete for chance to play in the knockout semi-finals and ultimately the final.

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World Tennis News: Jamie Murray Wins US Open Doubles Title

The final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open is finishing today with the Men’s singles final taking place at Flushing Meadows, New York on the day the city honours those who lost their lives in 9/11.

British doubles number one Jamie Murray made history yesterday becoming the first British man for forty four  years to win the US Open doubles title with his partner Bruno Soares from Brazil. Fourth seeds Murray and Soares, who won the Australian Open in January, won their second Grand Slam title after beating unseeded pairing Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez from Spain in the final 6-2, 6-3.

British number one, world number two and double Olympic gold medal winner Andy Murray did not fare quite so well as his brother after being knocked out in the quarter finals. Second seed Murray, who won the event in 2012, was hoping to add the US Open title to his Wimbledon title but he made his earliest Grand Slam exit of 2016 after being defeated by Kei Nishikori from Japan in five sets 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic will play third seed Stan Wawrinka in tonight’s final. Djokovic will be hoping to win his third US Open and thirteenth Grand Slam while opponent Wawrinka is aiming for his third Grand Slam trophy and his first title in New York.

In other British Tennis news, twenty-one year old Kyle Edmund defeated two seeds to reach the last sixteen of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career before being stopped in his tracks by defending champion Djokovic 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

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In the women’s event Angelique Kerber from Germany beat Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic in the final 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the title adding to her Australian Open Grand Slam win at the start of this year. Defending champion Serena Williams was defeated in the semis by Pliskova.

British number one and thirteenth seed Johanna Konta was knocked out after reaching the last sixteen by Anastasia Sevastova from Latvia 6-4, 7-5. In round one she defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-3 followed by Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 and Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1. Heather Watson lost in the first round against Richèl Hogenkamp 6-2, 7-5

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World Tennis News: Murray Runner-Up Again

British number one Andy Murray had his Australian Open title dreams quashed again this year in the final by Novak Djokovic. World number one Djokovic put on a powerful display beating Murray in three sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-5 (7-3) to become six-time Australian Open champion and a fifth final defeat in Melbourne for Murray. Serbian Djokovic now has an impressive eleven Grand Slam titles to his name, equalling tennis legends Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg.

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It wasn’t all doom and gloom for British tennis as Murray’s brother Jamie was crowned Australian Doubles champion with his new partner Bruno Soares, the pair beat Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the final. Soares made it two titles in twenty-four hours when he won the Mixed Doubles title with partner Elena Vesnina defeating Horia Tecau and Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 4-6 (10-5).

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British number one Johanna Konta made history making it to the quarterfinals where she was defeated by new champion Angelique Kerber. German Kerber upset world number one Serena Williams in the final to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, denying Williams a twenty-second title and the chance to draw level with Steffi Graf as the most decorated Grand Slam champion of the Open era.

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