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Andy Murray Moves On At Wimbledon 2016

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:06am
Andy Murray talks about his Wimbledon debut. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Del Potro Happy To Be Back At Wimbledon 2016

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:06am
Juan Martin del Potro returns to Wimbledon after three years away. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Murray Avoids Lengthy First-Round Wimbledon Contest

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 8:23pm

At Roland Garros last month, Andy Murray spent more than seven hours labouring past his first two opponents. The Scot needed five sets to knock out 37-year-old Radek Stepanek, No. 128 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Murray, who went on to the Roland Garros final, was just two points away from falling to the Czech veteran.

In the second round, the World No. 2 also relied on all five sets to solve French wild card Mathias Bourgue, who had never played a five-set contest before facing Murray.

So when Murray began his Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday, taking care of his first-round match in a timely manner was front of mind. And he did, coasting past Brit wild card Liam Broady in one hour and 42 minutes.

“I'm happy today I got done in three sets,” Murray said. “When you have the opportunity in matches to finish them, you have to try and be ruthless.”

As sometimes happens when one player nears the finish, Broady raised his level late in the third against Murray. The left-hander had two opportunities to break the Brit at 2-4 and get back on serve, but Murray rode out his early break for the clean win.

“For a first match, to get it done in three sets is good,” Murray said. [Roland Garros] was tough for me. I had a couple of long matches to start the tournament. I have also done it a lot of times in slams, where I have been quick in the first week, won the matches fairly quickly... hopefully I can have another good start here.”

Since he won Wimbledon in 2013, things have changed for Murray. He is reunited with his coach at the time, Ivan Lendl, but the Scot is now married to Kim Sears and they have a five-month-old daughter Sophia.

“All of the tournaments feel a little bit different because having a child changes your perspective on things. So it feels different all of the time,” Murray said. “She's come to a lot of the tournaments... I'll have as much contact as I can during the tournament.”

Murray finished much quicker than he did in Paris, but he still wasn't quite quick enough for Sophia, who was likely asleep before her father ended his Wimbledon opener.

“I haven't seen her since I came off,” Murray said. “She'll be in bed when I get back.”

Is Federer vulnerable to a shock Willis win?

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:45pm
Is Federer vulnerable to a shock Willis win?

Insider Notebook: Deja-Bouchard

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:15pm
WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Despite the rain continuing to wreak havoc on the Wimbledon schedule, the show goes on under the roof of Centre Court; catch up on Day 3 action right here.

Insider Notebook: Bouchard's Wimbledon Deja Vu

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:15pm
WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Despite the rain continuing to wreak havoc on the Wimbledon schedule, the show goes on under the roof of Centre Court; catch up on Day 3 action right here.

Kvitova Cruises Past Cirstea

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:14pm
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova got off to a roaring start against Sorana Cirstea, zooming past the Romanian in less than an hour for a spot in the second round.

Konta Registers First Wimbledon Win

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:14pm
British No.1 Johanna Konta took a lengthy rain delay in her stride to overcome Monica Puig and advance to the second round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

Radwanska Safely Into Second Round

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:14pm
No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska moved serenely into the second round of Wimbledon with a straight set win over Kateryna Kozlova.

Bencic, Bouchard Book Round 2 Spots

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:13pm
Belinda Bencic is back into the second round of Wimbledon after a solid victory over Tsvetana Pironkova; Eugenie Bouchard also grabbed a win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

WTA Stars Come Together For Turkey

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:13pm
Led by Cagla Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu, the WTA family shares their support for Turkey in light of the attack in Turkey; here are a collection of tweets from players, past and present.

Wimbledon Asks: If This, Then What?

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:12pm
What would Garbiñe Muguruza and Petra Kvitova do if they could prank any player, if they could have any super power and if they could lift any trophy? Find out in Wimbledon's If Series.

Wimbledon Wednesday: Lawn Movers

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:10pm
Round one of Wimbledon action finishes up after a rainy Tuesday afternoon, but get acquainted with the hottest second round match-ups right here on wtatennis.com.

DelPo's Happy Return To SW19

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 6:53pm

Juan Martin del Potro had to wonder if he'd ever return to Wimbledon. Before Tuesday, the last time his whipping forehand had been seen at the All England Club was 2013, when the Argentine faced Novak Djokovic for a spot in the men's final.

The two battled for four hours and 43 minutes – the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history – before Djokovic prevailed 6-3 in the fifth. “It was one of the best matches I've been a part of,” the Serb said after.

Djokovic has won two Wimbledon titles since then, but del Potro has spent much of the past three years recovering from wrist surgeries. On Tuesday, though, the likable Tower of Tandil was back at Wimbledon and looking like his old self, winning 6-1, 7-5, 6-0 against Frenchman Stephane Robert.

“Great [feelings] after three years,” del Potro said of his return.

The win was the latest encouraging sign of del Potro's comeback. After the 2013 Wimbledon, the 6'6” right-hander rounded out the year with his third appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. But in 2014, he played only four tournaments before undergoing surgery on his left wrist in March. The former World No. 4 tried to return in 2015 but ended up playing in as many tournaments, two, as he'd have surgeries on his left wrist.

“I was close to quitting tennis at the end of last year,” del Potro said on Tuesday.

He didn't, however, and the tennis world has been the beneficiary. Del Potro returned at Delray Beach in February and has strung together healthy weeks and quality wins. He beat then-World No. 14 Dominic Thiem in Madrid and reached the semi-finals earlier this month on the grass in Stuttgart.

“I'm enjoying tennis again. I'm starting to talk about tennis and no more about my wrist. That's important,” he said.

In month four of his comeback, the 18-time titlist admits his game could be better. He could have more confidence in his backhand, but that's OK for now. “This year my biggest challenge could be to finish healthy and be ready to make a good preparation for the next year,” he said.

Del Potro also has a new coach helping him. For the past few weeks, he's been working with Daniel Vallverdu, who has worked with Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray in the past. “We have a great relationship. We know each other since juniors,” del Potro said.

On Thursday, the 2013 Wimbledon semi-finalist will an opportunity for a big win at SW19. Del Potro faces fifth seed Stan Wawrinka for the sixth time. The Argentine leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 3-2.

“I am enjoying tennis a lot. Of course, when you win your first round, everything is much better,” del Potro said. “I'm looking forward to playing a great match against Wawrinka.”

Wawrinka Full Of Praise For 'Future Of Tennis' Fritz

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 5:09pm

Stan Wawrinka defeated Taylor Fritz on Tuesday at Wimbledon, but the fourth seed had nothing but good things to say about the American #NextGen star after being stretched in a competitive four-set match.

“I practised with him in Madrid. He has great potential,” said Wawrinka. “He has a good game. Really talented, strong serve and a good backhand. For sure, he is the future of tennis.” 

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that Wawrinka hasn’t reached the semi-finals of, with his best result being quarter-final showings the past two years, but he’s determined to change that this fortnight. He has enlisted the help of 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek for this grass-court swing.

Although Wawrinka lost his opening match at the ATP World Tour 500 event in London, he believes the time they’ve spent practising together will continue to show as the tournament unfolds.

“I know if I can start to win a few matches, I can be dangerous to go far,” said Wawrinka. “But before that, it’s grass. You need to get used to the conditions.”

Wawrinka has one of the most attractive second-round matches of the tournament ahead of him when he plays Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-2 and has won their last three meetings, including their only grass court meeting in the second-round of Wimbledon in 2008. However, they haven’t played in four years and both of their careers have changed drastically since then.

“I think we’re all happy that he's back on the tour, hopefully without any injury, and he can play for a long time now. He’s always been a great champion and a great player to watch,” said Wawrinka. “It's going to be a tough match. I saw him play a little bit on grass in Stuttgart and he’s playing well, so it's going to be interesting to see what will happen.”

Wawrinka Vs Fritz 1R Highlights Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:56pm
Watch highlights as Stan Wawrinka sees off #NextGen star Taylor Fritz. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com. Video content not available in UK, USA, South America, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Murray All Business In Wimbledon Opener

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:59pm

Andy Murray wasted little time or effort in beginning his attempt for a second Wimbledon title, sweeping countryman Liam Broady 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 42 minutes.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion won 77 per cent of his service points (58/75) and erased the only two break points faced against Broady, No. 235 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The second-seeded Murray, who's now 11-for-11 in Wimbledon first-rounders, looked as comfortable as ever on the Centre Court grass, moving and returning well against the Brit wild card.

"I hit the ball pretty clean today," Murray said. "I served well, too. That was pleasing. Got a lot of free points on my serve."

Murray next will face Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu, who beat Russian Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Lu, No. 76 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, has pulled off Wimbledon upsets. In 2010, he beat then-World No. 7 Andy Roddick to reach the quarter-finals. More recently, Lu has had success on grass on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning two events this month and 14 of his 15 matches.

“He plays well on the grass,” Murray said. “It will be a really, really tough match, and a good test for me early in the event. I'll need to perform well.”

Murray, who will be playing in his 57th all-time match at the All England Club, will try to maintain his own strong form on grass this season. The 29-year-old Brit, No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, won five matches at The Queen's Club earlier this month to win a record fifth title there.

More history could await at SW19. After winning the title and ending the 77-year British drought three years ago, Murray now could become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry did from 1934-36.

Frenchman Benoit Paire, the 26th seed, rallied to win 3-6, 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 against 6'6” Croat Franko Skugor, No. 194 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Paire won three fewer points than Skugor but will face Aussie John Millman in the second round. Millman beat Spaniard Albert Montanes 7-5, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

In a match-up between veteran serve and volleyers, Feliciano Lopez prevailed against American Rajeev Ram 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4. Lopez, the 22nd seed, struck 16 aces and limited Ram's ace count to nine. The 34-year-old Spaniard next will face Italian Fabio Fognini or Argentine Federico Delbonis.

Nick Kyrgios, the 15th seed, slid past veteran Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-1. Kyrgios delivered 25 aces and broke the 37 year old six times to move into the second round. “To be honest, that's a nightmare first round for anyone at Wimbledon. No one wants to play Radek here. I could pick 90 guys in the draw that I would rather have played first round,” Kyrgios said. “It was a fun match. We're great friends. I knew it was going to be tough. When I lost the third set, I wasn't really expecting anything less for him to compete and fight... I think that's where I've improved a lot, matured a lot. To steady the ship like that, to respond in the fourth set is pretty good.”

Three years ago at Wimbledon, Kyrgios celebrated his breakthrough Grand Slam performance, beating Richard Gasquet and then-World No. 1 Rafael Nadal on his way to the quarter-finals. The Aussie, now 21, next will play German Dustin Brown, who came back to overcome 25-year-old Serbian Dusan Lajovic 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 6'5” 31 year old has twice reached the third round at the All England Club (2013, 2015).

“I think he just waits for this time of the year,” Kyrgios said of Brown, who last year also upset Nadal. “When you're playing a guy like Dustin, you hope it's not a day when he's feeling it, he can't miss, he's enjoying it. When he's playing like that, we all know what he can do.”

Both players have been known for their acrobatic shots. Kyrgios even has a favourite of Brown's. “He hit an around-the-back shot against [John] Isner once. I probably watched it honestly like 15 times,” Kyrgios said. “He's got that ability. He can pull out shots like that from anywhere. He's awesome to watch.”

Tsonga Opens With Win At Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:57pm
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga makes a successful start to his Wimbledon campaign. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com

Judy Murray At Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:57pm
Judy Murray, mother of Andy and Jamie, discusses his sons' chances for success at their home Grand Slam. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Tsonga And Ivanisevic Live At Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:57pm
How does former champion Goran Ivanisevic like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's Wimbledon chances? Video courtesy Wimbledon.com