Tennis Talk: Bad News for Team GB

The Aegon GB Team were defeated  in their latest Davis Cup by BNP Paribas fixture playing on the indoor clay courts at Le Kindarena in Rouen last weekend. The team, who were without World Number one Andy Murray who is out due to injury, were beaten in the quarter-finals convincingly by France 4-1 .

The team of Jamie Murray, Dom Ingot, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans were once again captained by Leon Smith. On the opening day the team did not win a single set (for the first time since they were defeated by Argentina in 2008), Edmund lost against World Number seventeen Lucas Rouille 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-3 and Evans was beaten by Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

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On the second day Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau beat Murray and Ingot in the doubles 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead. The final two dead rubbers were played on the final day, Edmund lost against Chardy 6-4, 6-4 but Evans beat Benneteau 6-1, 6-2. This final victory give Team GB one point but it wasn’t enough to make any difference, it is the first time the team have failed to make the semi-finals in three years.

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France will now face Serbia in the semi-finals, Team GB are however assured of a place in the 2018 World Group.

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Tennis Talk: Team GB Win Latest Davis Cup Tie

Team GB join Belgium, Serbia, USA, France and Australia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas after they beat Canada 3-2 in this weekend’s fixture at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa.

It was all square after the first day of play with Team GB’s Dan Evans beating reigning junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and Canadian Vasek Pospisil defeating Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3). Day two saw Britain’s Jamie Murray and Dominic Ingot beat Canadian pairing of Daniel Nestor and Pospisil in a tough four set clash 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 giving Team GB a 2-1 lead going into the final day of singles matches.

Evans lost against hard hitting Pospisil 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)so it was all square with the scores back level at 2-2. The fate of Team GB lay in the hands of Edmund who was playing against Shapovalov. In a bizarre moment of madness Shapovalov was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after striking the ball at the umpire and Edmund, who was already two sets in the lead, won the match 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 and overall victory for the British players.

Canada v GB: Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round - Day 3

Third seeds Team GB will now travel to France in April to compete in the quarter-finals against the host nation who are sixth seeds. In a shock defeat top seeds Russia were knocked out by eighth seeds Serbia who now face Spain, Italy will play Belgium and Australian take on Team USA.

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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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Tennis Talk: Team GB Win Davis Cup Tie

British number one Andy Murray beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the final day’s reverse singles to seal victory for defending champions Team GB in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie that took place in Birmingham over the weekend.

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On Friday Murray had beaten Taro Daniel 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 while Dan Evans had lost against Nishikori 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) so the teams were even going into Saturday’s Doubles. Team Murray, Andy and brother Jamie beat Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in straight sets to give Team GB the overnight advantage going into the third and final day. Murray then stepped up to the challenge winning his five set battle against Nishikori 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, a gruelling match that lasted just under five hours to give Team GB an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.

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Britain will now face Serbia away in the quarter-finals scheduled to take place from 15th – 17th July.

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Tennis Talk: Team GB Ready For Davis Cup Weekend

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Champions Team GB are back in action this weekend in Birmingham against Japan. British number one Andy Murray will be joined by brother Jamie, Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans and Dom Inglot. The team will get their 2016 campaign underway at the Barclaycard Arena from tomorrow, Friday 4th -Sunday 6 March in what promises to be a thrilling weekend of tennis.

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Team captain Leon Smith said “Japan have a very strong team, progressed well in recent years and with Kei Nishikori have an established top-10 player. It will be a test for us but I’m confident in our team and I’m sure when the guys pull on their GB shirt they will give their all.” He added “We are lucky to have another home tie and it’s exciting to be returning to Birmingham. Our fans give us incredible support and we look forward to more of the same!” (quoted from LTA website).

It won’t be an easy ride against the team from Japan that includes world No.6 Kei Nishikori. The last time Great Britain played against Japan in the Davis Cup was back in 1931 where they played on the grass courts at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne, winning 5-0.  The winners of this weekend’s tie will face quarter-final opponents of either Serbia or Kazakhstan in the fixture scheduled for July.

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Tennis Talk: GB into Davis Cup Finals

British number one Andy Murray beat Australia’s Bernard Tomic to take Great Britain through to their first Davis Cup final since 1978. Murray won his third match of the fixture 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 to give Team GB an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie. The team, captained by Leon Smith, will now face either a home-tie against Argentina or an away fixture against Belgium in the final on 27th -29th November and the pressure will be on as Britain last won the Davis Cup in 1936, led by tennis legend Fred Perry.

2015-andy-murra-australian-open-stretch-forehand-700x310-gettyIn the first round Murray defeated Thansai Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 at the fixture which took place at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena but teammate Dan Evans lost against Tomic in a four set battle 3-6, 6-7(2), 7-6(4), 4-6 so the score was 1-1. The dynamic Murray then teamed up with older brother Jamie in the doubles to beat Samuel Groth and Lleyton Hewitt in an epic five set marathon 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(6). 6-4 and give team GB back the lead. Murray’s win today secured overall victory and the final score was 3-2 after Evans lost against Kokkinakis 5-7 4-6.

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Murray said on BBC TV: “Winning for your country and your team-mates means a lot. The crowd were unbelievable from the first ball to the last. I didn’t feel great the whole weekend to be honest, I’ve been struggling with my back, but I just tried to disguise it.”

Team GB captain Smith added: “He’s quite good isn’t he? It’s pretty amazing watching Andy’s work over the whole weekend, he fights so hard and he’s got the quality. He executed it perfectly today.”

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