Tennis: Murray withdraws from Miami with groin injury

Andy Murray will not feature at the Miami Open after withdrawing from the tournament because of a groin injury. The former world number one and three-time grand slam champion has featured only twice on the ATP Tour this season, losing in the first round in Montpellier before going one better in Rotterdam, where he was beaten by Andrey Rublev. He withdrew from this month’s Dubai Tennis Championships to be with his wife as she gave birth to their fourth child. And his return to action has been delayed again, with…

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Tennis: Tsitsipas and Zverev roll on as Musetti reaches first ATP 500 quarter-final

Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and fellow star Alexander Zverev progressed to the Mexican Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, but Milos Raonic bowed out. Tsitsipas was too good for big-serving American John Isner in a 6-3 6-2 victory in Acapulco midweek. A two-time Australian Open finalist, having also reached the French Open final four last year, Tsitsipas excelled on serve against Isner. Greek star Tsitsipas only dropped one point on his first serve – not facing a break point throughout the last-16 contest – while firing down eight aces. Standing in the…

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Tennis: Sinner ousts Bautista Agut in Dubai, red-hot Rublev through

Jannik Sinner in actionJannik Sinner fought hard to earn an impressive victory that knocked fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut out of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The 19-year-old rising star, who won the Great Ocean Road Open last month, prevailed in a match that remained in the balance until the end on Wednesday. Sinner won 6-4 3-6 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals, with Bautista Agut following top seed Dominic Thiem – who lost in the second round – out of the tournament. After hitting 16 aces, Sinner – the youngest player…

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Tennis: Thiem stunned by Harris in second round in Dubai

By Sports Daily Top seed Dominic Thiem was beaten in straight sets in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships by Lloyd Harris. The reigning US Open champion, given a bye for the first round, lost 6-3 6-4 to his South African opponent, who sits 77 places further down the ATP rankings. The Austrian has endured a difficult start to 2021. He lost in straight sets to Grigor Dimitrov in the last 16 of the Australian Open and was beaten by Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals in Doha.…

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Tennis _ Murray battles back to beat Haase in Rotterdam

Andy Murray produced a stirring comeback in the final set to overcome fellow wildcard Robin Haase at the Rotterdam Open on Monday. Murray, who was dumped out in the first round of last week’s Open Sud de France, hit 33 winners on his way to a 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 triumph – his first tour-level victory since the 2020 US Open. The Scot got off to a slow start and found himself 4-1 down in the first set, with home favourite Haase comfortably seeing things out from there in the…

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Goffin marches on in Montpellier as Popyrin springs a Singapore surprise

David Goffin moved a step closer to ending his ATP Tour title drought by seeing off the challenge of Egor Gerasimov at the Open Sud de France. Having previously lost in two semi-final appearances at the tournament in Montpellier, Goffin made it third time lucky as he came out on top in a deciding set against his opponent from Belarus. The second seed claimed the crucial break in the seventh game, then quickly consolidated his lead with an impressive hold. Gerasimov forced him to serve out for the win and…

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Swiatek soars to Adelaide title as French Open champion wins again

Iga Swiatek produced the game that took her to grand slam glory as the French Open champion crushed Belinda Bencic in the Adelaide International final. A 6-2 6-2 victory for Swiatek was the perfect way for the Polish 19-year-old to complete a successful week in which she did not drop a set in five matches, losing only 22 games. Swiatek achieved her shock Roland Garros triumph in the same way, sweeping through the Paris draw untroubled with a string of straight-sets wins. She appears set to climb into the world’s…

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Tennis: Swiatek and Gauff through as Konta crashes out

Teen stars Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff earned Adelaide International victories on Tuesday, but third seed Johanna Konta is out. French Open champion Swiatek secured a 6-3 6-4 triumph over Madison Brengle to set up a last-16 tie against home favourite Maddison Inglis, who beat veteran Sam Stosur in a three-set epic. “Inside I’m the same person, but I realise that everybody’s kind of treating me differently,” Swiatek said after the win, as she reflected on the attention she now receives as a grand slam champion. “So it’s something you…

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Australian Open: ‘It’s going to be a rough few days’ – Serena reacts to Victoria lockdown

Serena Williams labelled Victoria’s five-day lockdown “rough” as the Australian Open prepares to go behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fans will not be allowed to attend Melbourne Park – where crowds have been capped at 30,000 per day – from 11:59pm (local time) on Friday until Wednesday after the Victorian government announced a new state-wide lockdown to control an outbreak of the UK COVID-19 strain. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement as Williams booked her spot in the fourth round of the Australian Open, where the 23-time…

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Australian Open to continue despite fresh lockdown in Victoria

The Australian Open will continue without supporters after Victoria announced a five-day lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s delayed Australian Open had started on Monday with a limited amount of fans – capped at 30,000 per day at Melbourne Park – due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Victorian government announced a new lockdown on Friday to control an outbreak of the UK coronavirus strain, state premier Daniel Andrews said. Victoria’s new state-wide restrictions will be introduced from 11.59pm on Friday – with reigning men’s champion Novak Djokovic still scheduled to…

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