There had been a look in Novak Djokovic’s eyes since he battle Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open, a look that since 2011 has been a sign of his determination and an indicator of the likely outcome of the tournament. Djokovic looked, despite the enormous amount of time he spent on court, like he was hungry for a third consecutive Australian Open title.
Andy Murray, his opponent in the final, looked unusually calm – a peace, and sense of direction that seemed to descend on the Scot after winning the Olympic gold medal and the US Open last year. For the first set of their final it looked like Murray was the one keeping a calm head and as though the weary Djokovic would be frustrated by his shoes slipping and his inability to convert break points. Read more
US Open champion Andy Murray has successfully defended his Brisbane title, claiming his first trophy of the season, beating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6, 6-4.
For his efforts Dimitrov will rise to a career high ranking of 39 in the world tomorrow.
Murray continued his gesture to the skies after winning, something that has appeared in his game over the last 6-7 months. Andy dedicated the win to a sick friend back home, signing the camera lens ‘For you…’ Read more
Tomas Berdych’s 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the Barclay’s World Tour Finals means that the semi final placings for Group A in the round robin will come down to mathematics.
Jo must now play Andy Murray who lost to Novak Djokovic in three set. Tomas must play Novak. Given the tight scorelines of the matches the outcome is not straightforward. Read more
David Ferrer has halted the progress of giant killer Jerzy Janowicz and claimed his first Masters 1000 title, beating the Polish qualifier 6-4, 6-3. Ferrer has also become the first Spaniard to ever win the Paris title.
On his way to the final Jerzy took out Kohlschrieber, Cilic, Murray, Tipsarevic and Simon and put on an impressive display of power serving during the match but was not enough for the consistent Spaniard. Read more
The phenomenal run of Jerzy Janowicz, a qualifier from Poland, has seen him take out Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic. Now he has taken out Gilles Simon in the semi finals in straight sets, beating him 6-4, 7-6.
Now the in form Pole faces Spaniard David Ferrer in the Paris finals. Regardless of the outcome it will be the first Masters 1000 title for the winner. Read more
Jerzy Janowicz, the Polish qualifier who beat Andy Murray, has done it again. This time the in form player, ranked 69th in the world, took out Serbian Janko Tipsarevic who recently qualified for the year end Tour Finals.
Tipsarevic was forced to retire with illness with his opponent leading 3-6, 6-1, 4-1. It is now up to Gilles Simon to try and stop him in the semi finals in Paris. Read more
Andy Murray has followed Novak Djokovic out the door after being beaten by qualifier Jerzy Janowicz in the third round. Murray wasted a match point and was eventually beaten 5-7, 7-6, 6-2.
Murray served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and failed to close it out on match point giving his opponent the confidence he needed to get across the line after almost two and a half hours. Read more
Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of the Paris Masters 1000 event in the second round by American Sam Querrey.
Querrey won just 10 points in the 20 minute first set and said he didn’t like his chances when he went down a break early in the second set, but in a surprising twist Sam came roaring to life and scored a 0-6, 7-6, 6-4 win. Read more
The semi final match between David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic has been stopped at 5-2 in favour for the Spaniard, forcing the mens final to be scheduled for Monday after a day of horrid weather and conditions and tornado warnings.
A lucky miss-hit off Ferrer’s racket gifted him a break point. Repeatedly drawing Djokovic to the net with short balls a beautiful lob gave him a 1-0 lead. Read more
Andy Murray over came Tomas Berdych and windy conditions in New York to secure a finals spot with his 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 win.
Play began in horrendous conditions with Berdych seemingly determined to hit through the wind while Murray used his mobility and more varied play to combat the wild gusts of air.
Murray was the first to draw blood for a 2-1. While there were some moments of good sportsmanship there were also ridiculous moments where Berdych’s ball toss would be carried so far away from him in the wind that it landed in the tram tracks. Read more