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Fever-Tree Championships 2018: Kyle Edmund beaten by Nick Kyrgios

  • Posted: Jun 21, 2018
2018 Fever-Tree Championships on the BBC
Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 18-24 June
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British number one Kyle Edmund was knocked out of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club in the second round by Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, who beat Britain’s Andy Murray in the first round, won 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 against seventh seed Edmund.

He will be joined in the quarter-finals by Novak Djokovic, who beat second seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-1.

Serbian 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, a wildcard at Queen’s after injuries, won in just over an hour.

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‘No logic’ to Kyrgios game

Australian Kyrgios, 23, was at his unpredictable best against Edmund, playing ‘hot dog’ shots through his legs and delivering 135mph second serves.

Edmund, who had been the only Briton left in the tournament, levelled the match with a roar when Kyrgios’ shot went long in the second-set tie-break.

But in the next game Kyrgios resumed his unconventional tennis, lobbing Edmund with a shot between his legs, which had BBC commentator John Lloyd exclaiming: “That is insane. There is no logic to that shot at all.

“To go for the lob from that position… that’s one of the most inventive shots I’ve ever seen. How can you get away with that?”

Kyrgios broke in the fourth game of the third set and, despite looking increasingly uncomfortable with a hip problem, held on to serve out the match, sealing victory with a backhand down the line.

Kyrgios, who has been fined over his behaviour in the past, became frustrated towards the end of the match and was heard swearing towards his player’s box.

Asked by a reporter about his outburst, he said: “Do you swear? No, do you swear? Yes or no? Yes or no? Do you swear? Do you swear?”

Kyrgios faces 2017 champion Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals.

“I knew today was going to be tough,” Kyrgios, who served 32 aces to Edmund’s 11, told BBC Sport.

“Kyle’s had a great year. He’s got a lot of firepower. It was a great battle.

“I haven’t played too many matches in the past couple of months. Serving for a match of this value is not easy and I’m happy to get through it.”

The players met again later on Thursday, with Edmund and Neal Skupski beating Kyrgios and compatriot Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 6-4 in the doubles.

Djokovic breezes past off-colour Dimitrov

Djokovic registered his first win over a top-10 player since May 2017 with a speedy victory over Dimitrov.

Bulgarian Dimitrov struggled for rhythm and won only 54% of points on his first serve.

He served five double-faults, one of which allowed Djokovic to close out the opening set, and created only one break point opportunity.

While it was not always easy for Djokovic – he double-faulted three times in attempting to close out the match – he targeted Dimitrov’s backhand as he registered his 799th career win.

“Grigor made some crucial double faults today that handed me the first set,” Djokovic told BBC Sport.

“He loves playing on grass. He’s a great quality player.”

Djokovic will face Adrian Mannarino in Friday’s quarter-finals after the Frenchman beat compatriot Julien Benneteau 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

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Federer saves two match points to advance in Halle

  • Posted: Jun 21, 2018

Roger Federer saved two match points to avoid an upset against France’s Benoit Paire and reach the quarter-finals of the Halle Open.

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion and world number one, was made to work hard by the world number 48 before winning 6-3 3-6 7-6 (9-7).

Swiss Federer, 36, missed two match points to wrap up victory without the need for a tie-break in the final set.

He faces Australian Matthew Ebden next in the grass-court tournament.

Federer, seeking a 10th Halle title, must win the event if he is to retain the world number one ranking.

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He closed out the first set with successive aces but Paire rallied to lead 4-0 and take the second.

“I created quite a few opportunities, but maybe I was a bit tentative at times,” said Federer, whose victory was his 18th in succession on grass.

“I was disappointed with my serve in the second set, being broken twice. That is not allowed to happen. I need to clean that up”.

Victory in Halle would give Federer his 99th career title.

He will begin the defence of his Wimbledon title on 2 July.

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Eastbourne: Stan Wawrinka takes wildcard into Nature Valley International

  • Posted: Jun 21, 2018
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Venue: Eastbourne Dates: 25-30 June
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Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has been awarded a wildcard into Eastbourne as he continues his return from a knee injury.

Wawrinka, ranked 261st in the world, has not played in the event since 2007, when it was staged in Nottingham.

The Swiss was beaten by America’s Sam Querrey in the second round at Queen’s on Wednesday.

“I believe I am physically fit enough to play my best tennis now,” the 31-year-old said.

Wawrinka lost in the first round at last year’s Wimbledon after struggling with his knee, and had surgery on the injury in August 2017.

“It isn’t easy to start from zero after surgery and stay positive,” Wawrinka added.

“I am looking forward to getting used to playing important points again and feeling right mentally on the court.”

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Djokovic Downs Dimitrov At Queen's Club

  • Posted: Jun 21, 2018

Djokovic Downs Dimitrov At Queen’s Club

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Novak Djokovic secured his first victory over Top 5 opposition in almost 18 months, defeating World No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 at the Fever-Tree Championships on Thursday.

Djokovic notched his seventh win in eight FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against the reigning Nitto ATP Finals titlist after 65 minutes, winning eight of the last nine games and 30 of 34 first-serve points.

The 31-year-old, who lifted the doubles title in 2010 (w/Erlich), improves to 8-3 at the Queen’s Club and has now reached the last eight in each of his three most recent tournament appearances. Djokovic advanced to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-finals in May (l. to Nadal) and reached the last eight at Roland Garros (l. to Cecchinato).

“I’m still kind of finding my form,” Djokovic said. “This was a great test, playing against one of the top players in the world, a player that I guess prefers this surface the most. It was a great challenge that I was looking forward to. I was very focused; I was very determined to play my best, especially after my great performance in the first round (d. Millman).”

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Both men made strong starts, holding their opening four service games with relative ease. But, from that point forward, Djokovic seized total control.

After holding to 15 for a 5-4 lead, the Serb capitalised on two double faults from Dimitrov, at the start and conclusion of the tenth game, to take a one-set lead.

“I guess I broke his resistance in that 10th game of the first set. He made a couple of crucial double faults that obviously allowed me to get ahead, but I thought I was just making him play in big moments and I served well when I needed to,” Djokovic said. “So it was a very good performance.”

Djokovic went from strength to strength in the second set, breaking serve to 30 in the fourth and sixth games before converting his fourth match point, as Dimitrov’s slice-backhand return floated beyond the baseline.

Djokovic will meet Adrian Mannarino, who won an all-French clash in the final match of the day, 7-6(4), 6-3 against qualifier Julien Benneteau, over one hour and 51 minutes. The Serbian has won both his FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with Mannarino in straight sets.

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Gigor Dimitrov has appeared at every edition of the Fever-Tree Championships since 2009. The Bulgarian won the title in 2014, defeating Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in a final-set tie-break.

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Murray faces long road back after surgery, says brother Jamie

  • Posted: Jun 21, 2018

Jamie Murray was thrilled to see brother Andy back playing tennis but has warned he faces a “long road” ahead in his comeback from hip surgery.

The elder Murray continued the defence of his Queen’s Club doubles title with a quarter-final win on Thursday with partner Bruno Soares.

Andy Murray’s return from almost a year out ended in a three-set defeat by Australian Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday.

“It was great to see him back playing,” Jamie Murray told BBC Scotland.

“I didn’t really watch much of the match, I only watched the end.

“But the fact that he looked good on court – it was obviously a weird match playing against Kyrgios – it’s great that he’s back.

“I hope that he pulled up well after the match and feels that he’s ready to get out there again and compete.”

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Andy Murray indicated after his comeback on Tuesday that he could play at next week’s Nature Valley International tournament in Eastbourne, starting on Monday, 25 June, but has yet to confirm if he will play at Wimbledon, starting a week later on 2 July.

“Andy’s obviously a long way from being at his very best,” Jamie Murray added.

“I mean, he’s missed a year of tennis, so it’s going to be a long road for him, I imagine, as it’s been for [Novak] Djokovic and [Stan] Wawrinka, who’ve also missed a lot of tennis.”

‘We all missed him. Tennis missed him’

Jamie Murray and Soares beat Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof 6-3 6-7 10-7 to advance to the semi-finals of the Fever-Tree Championships in the defence of their doubles title.

His Brazilian partner was even more effusive about the younger Murray’s return to the game.

“It’s amazing,” said Soares. “Andy is not only great for the sport, he’s also a great guy so it’s nice to have him around.

“He’s such a well-liked guy, a funny guy; everyone likes him. And you know, it’s good to see the big guys back – Novak [Djokovic], Stan [Wawrinka], Andy.

“I think we all missed him. Tennis missed him. And those guys are so good for the sport and we need everyone healthy and playing on court.”

Murray, 31, showed some encouraging signs in the two-and-a-half hours he was on court against Kyrgios in his first match back following hip surgery.

He had not played competitively since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals to American Sam Querrey last July.

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Nature Valley Classic: Garbine Muguruza out, Petra Kvitova advances in Birmingham

  • Posted: Jun 21, 2018

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was knocked out of the Nature Valley Classic with a 6-2 6-4 defeat by Barbora Strycova in Birmingham.

The top seed got back into the match by breaking to lead 4-2 in the second set but lost the next four games.

There was no such trouble for defending champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Daria Gavrilova 6-2 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

The Czech next faces Julia Gorges or Nottingham Open winner Ashleigh Barty.

In windy conditions, Kvitova raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set before being pegged back by Gavrilova in a match lasting nearly one hour 20 minutes.

The two-time Wimbledon champion sealed victory on her first match point when the Australian world number 25 fluffed a smash.

“I think a few of the games were very tight, especially when you need to break. It’s always tough to get the break on the grass,” Kvitova said.

“The grass helped me, for sure. That’s my surface. It was great.

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“I think there’s still a few things I can improve – the serve, probably. You need to serve well on the grass.

“The conditions were pretty tough today with the wind.”

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