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Miami Open: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win fifth title

Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak against Britain’s Andy Murray to seven matches with victory in a gruelling Miami Open final.

The world number one prevailed 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-0 in hot and humid conditions to win his fifth Miami title.

Djokovic, 27, takes his record against Murray to 18-8, and the Serb will tie Rafael Nadal’s total of 141 weeks at the top of the rankings on Monday.

Murray, who gets married next Saturday, will move up from fourth to third.

The Scot, 27, twice led by a break in the first set and looked to have the momentum heading into the decider, but ultimately came up short once again.

“It has been a good start to the year for me so far,” he told the crowd. “I’m not quite there where Novak is at, but I feel I am getting there. I just need to keep working hard.”

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Miami Open: Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych in semi-finals

Britain’s Andy Murray reached his fourth Miami Open final with a convincing straight-sets win over Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych.

Third seed Murray won 6-4 6-4 and will play world number one Novak Djokovic or 22nd seed John Isner on Sunday.

The Scot, 27, broke Berdych’s serve four times as he took his career record against the Czech to 6-6.

Murray, who won the Miami title in 2009 and 2013, is set to return to third in the world rankings next week.

Friday’s first semi-final was a repeat of the Australian Open clash in January, which Murray won in four tense sets as he went up against Berdych and former coach Dani Vallverdu.

There was another familiar face in the Berdych box in Miami after fitness coach Jez Green recently began working with the Czech, having left Murray’s team along with Vallverdu last November.

In contrast to Melbourne, Murray made the sharper start this time around, breaking the Berdych serve either side of dropping his own as he took charge early on.

Berdych looked unsettled, complaining about the balls at one stage and then a line call as Murray saw out the set by making an impressive 77% of first serves.

Things got worse for the Czech at the start of the second as a confident Murray broke to love, but the Briton handed him a lifeline as two double faults gave the advantage straight back.

Both men were stepping in and attacking returns at every opportunity, and Murray’s strength in that area proved the difference when he broke the Czech for a fourth time as the pattern of the first set was repeated.

Murray almost clinched victory with a fifth break and had to recover from 0-30 when trying to serve it out, but a rasping forehand sealed victory and he let out a scream of delight.

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Miami Open: Andy Murray beats Santiago Giraldo

Andy Murray dismantled Colombian Santiago Giraldo’s hard-hitting game to claim his 499th career win and reach round four at the Miami Open.

The Briton, seeded third, won 6-3 6-4 and will play South Africa’s 15th seed Kevin Anderson in the last 16.

Another victory would make Murray the 46th man in the open era to reach 500 match wins.

Rafael Nadal is in action later on Sunday, while women’s top seedSerena Williams beat Cici Bellis 6-1 6-1.

Murray, 27, lost heavily to Giraldo in Madrid last year but made amends in Miami, where he lives and trains for much of the year.

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Davis Cup: Andy Murray wins to wrap up GB victory over USA

Andy Murray sealed a Davis Cup quarter-final place for Great Britain with a straight-sets win over American John Isner in Glasgow.

He saved three set points in the first set and won 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to give Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the World Group first-round tie.

Britain will next play France at home in July, with the venue to be decided.

“It feels great. This is a team effort and I think everyone agrees the team played their part,” said the Scot.

Murray, 27, who returned to play in Scotland this week for the first time in four years, looked edgy in the early stages against Isner but was clinical when it counted.

“On behalf of all of the players I want to thank the crowd because it’s been one of the most special atmospheres I’ve ever played in,” he added.

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Tennis: Andy Murray climbs above Rafael Nadal to third in world rankings

Andy Murray has swapped places with Rafael Nadal to move to third in the ATP world rankings.

The Scot, 27, climbed to his highest ranking since occupying second place after beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon final.

He had dropped to 12th in September 2014 after missing three months following back surgery on a long-standing disc injury the previous year.

Murray plays in Dubai this week along with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Second seed Federer opened with a 6-3 6-1 win over Mikhail Youzhny on Monday, with top seed Djokovic facing Vasek Pospisil and Murray taking on Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller at 12:00 GMT on Tuesday.

British number two James Ward will plays Spaniard Feliciano Lopez after coming through qualifying to reach the main draw.

Murray’s last outing was a quarter-final defeat to Frenchman Gilles Simon in the Rotterdam quarter-finals last week, but his form over the past few months has been impressive.

The Scot won back-to-back ATP tour events in Shenzhen, Vienna and Valencia towards the end of last season, and started 2015 by reaching the final of the Australian Open, where he lost in four sets to Djokovic.

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Tennis: Andy Murray loses to Gilles Simon in Rotterdam quarter-final

Top seed Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat against Gilles Simon in the quarter-final of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The British number one and world number four lost 6-4 6-2 to the Frenchman, 15 places below him in the world rankings.

Murray, 27, lost his serve in the opening game and slipped up again in the fifth to concede the first set.

It was the same story in the second set with Murray failing to deliver on his first serve as he made many mistakes.

The Scot, who beat Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-3 7-5 in the second round, had won 12 of the previous 13 meetings against the Frenchman.

Simon, seeded eighth, will face the Czech world number seven Tomas Berdych, who was a 6-1 6-4 winner against Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Stan Wawrinka also progressed to the last four in Rotterdam, defeating world number 37 Gilles Muller.

Number four seed Wawrinka sealed a 7-6 6-3 straight sets victory to set up a match against either Sergiy Stakhovsky or Milos Raonic.

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Tennis: Andy Murray beats Vasek Pospisil in Rotterdam second round

Britain’s Andy Murray beat Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-3 7-5 in the second round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The top seed was hampered by an ankle knock at the start of the second set but fought back from 5-3 behind to win in straight sets.

Murray, 27, only hit 14 winners to his opponent’s 25, but made 17 unforced errors compared to Pospisil’s 26.

The Scot now faces eighth seed Gilles Simon of France in the quarter-finals.

The first set went with serve until the eighth game when Murray took advantage of some tame Pospisil serves to break and then he held comfortably to take the first set in 36 minutes.

The world number four then landed awkwardly on his left ankle in the first game of the second set but, despite hobbling and in pain, he took control after breaking Pospisil with a great return down the line to move 3-2 up.

However, the Scot, who beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-3 6-2 in the first round, then lost his way and was broken back immediately thanks to the Canadian’s best return of the match.

Pospisil went in front on his own serve before the world number 59 claimed the vital break to move 5-3 up as Murray picked up a code violation for smashing his racquet.

The Scot showed his mettle to immediately break back and then levelled at 5-5.

Murray then won a hard-fought 11th game of the set after several deuces before serving out to win the match.

He now faces Gilles Simon, who progressed thanks to a routine 6-4 6-3 win over Jeremy Chardy.

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Australian Open: Djokovic gets the better of Murray again

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray for the third time in an Australian Open final as the world No.1 clinched his fifth Melbourne Park crown with a 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 win.

Djokovic got the better of British No.1 Murray in both the 2011 and 2013 finals and once again it was the Serb prevailed after a lengthy, tight encounter on Sunday.

The opening set lasted a marathon 72 minutes on Rod Laver Arena: both players broke serve twice in a remarkable exchange of tennis, before Murray forced the tie-breaker. However, despite taking the braver approach, Murray was eventually undone by his own efforts.

His return to set up a winner and earn a first set point was too long and Djokovic, who appeared frustrated with apparent thumb blisters, claimed first blood when the Scot netted a backhand on the second serve. Previously, Murray had never come back from a set down to beat Djokovic and that was not about to change.

The second set started in opposite fashion as the pace from both players slumped dramatically. With Djokovic struggling with thumb and ankle problems, Murray broke into a two-love lead only to lose four successive games and hand momentum back to his opponent: a trait that would ultimately cost him a maiden Australian Open crown.

A brief stoppage due to protestors invading the court provided a turning point; the standard lifted and Murray broke back. After 80 minutes, some long and fiercely contested points and a second tie-break, the Scot was level.

However, Murray’s failure to kick on when ahead proved detrimental. Flying from his levelling tie-break, he broke immediately at the start of the third and quickly held to move two-love up. Djokovic, though, was soon let off the hook; the same as he had been against Wawrinka in their semi-final and earlier in the match.

Two breaks of serve later and set three was over in less than half the time it took to finish set two. The four-time champion moved within a set of his fifth title.

Momentum had clearly shifted the Serb’s way and Murray looked to have given up the ghost. The Briton was broken immediately and, after Djokovic secured advantage with a comfortable hold, Murray dropped serve again. From that point there was only one outcome as, after over three-and-half gruelling hours on court, Djokovic wrapped up his third Australian Open final triumph against his old friend and rival with a bagel.

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Australian Open: Andy Murray’s fiancée Kim Sears responds to critics with brilliant T-shirt

Kim Sears wins the day with a wonderful T-shirt in response to her critics…

Well played, Kim Sears, very well played…

Sears, the fiancée of Andy Murray, responded in quite brilliant fashion to her critics after she swore during her man’s previous match at the Australian Open.

All eyes were always going to be on Sears after her outburst during Murray’s semi-final match against Tomas Berdych, and she found the perfect riposte.

The response on social media was one of delight with many quick to laud Sears for her humour in reacting to the controversy in such fashion.

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On Thursday, the TV cameras had alighted on Sears during a particularly intense moment: Murray was down 5-4 in the first set against Berdych, which he would go on to lose in a tie-break.

And amateur lip readers up and down the country were quickly accusing Sears of turning the air blue with what appeared to be a very rude outburst.

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Australian Open: Andy Murray in final after beating Tomas Berdych

Andy Murray came storming back after a poor start to beat Tomas Berdych and reach his fourth Australian Open final.

The British number one lost a tense first set but recovered to win 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-3 7-5.

It will be the sixth seed’s eighth Grand Slam final and first working with Amelie Mauresmo, with ex-coach Dani Vallverdu now in Berdych’s corner.

Murray, 27, will play the winner of Friday’s semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.

“There was a little bit of extra tension – it was a big match,” said Murray. “A lot was made about Dani Vallverdu, my former coach, working with Tomas.

“But we’ve been friends since we were 15 years old and I felt that the focus was unfair and unnecessary.

“This is sport – and there’s more to life than sport. It created a bit of extra tension but everyone calmed down after start of the match.”

The Scot’s hopes were under threat after losing a tension-filled opening set, but he turned it around with a brilliant lob early in the second and took control with seven straight games.

Berdych, 29, had started much the better and served for the set at 5-3, only for Murray to break straight back in a rally of huge forehands and celebrate wildly in the direction of the Czech’s player box.

There was a definite edge to the contest, and some sharp words followed from Murray in the next game when Berdych complained about the balls.

Two more break points slipped by at 5-5 but Murray edged ahead in the tiebreak, earning the first set point, only for Berdych to save it impressively behind his serve and go on to clinch it.

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