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Tennis: Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal in Abu Dhabi

Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-0 in the semi-final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The Scot, 27, was too strong for Nadal, who displayed signs of rust in his first match since October.

He faces Novak Djokovic, who he beat to win Wimbledon, in Saturday’s final.

Murray said: “It was closer than the score suggests. While he had a lot of break points I won the important ones.

“You never know how you will get on until it comes to match conditions, but it seems that all the pre-season hard work is paying off.”

The six-man exhibition event is the unofficial season opener with top seeds Nadal and Djokovic receiving byes to the semi-finals.

Murray had beaten another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 5-7 6-4 in Thursday’s opening match and that outing clearly benefited the world number six, who looked far sharper than his opponent.

Nadal was playing his first match since losing to 17-year-old Borna Coric in the Swiss Open, and his lack of game time was evident as he failed to convert any of his 12 break points.

Murray raced into a 3-0 lead and broke Nadal twice as he comfortably took the first set.

The Scot broke again in the second game of the second set and after saving five break points in the next game, broke again to take a 4-0 lead.

He was struggling with his first serve, but Nadal again failed to convert another four break points in the next game before Murray broke the Spaniard for a fifth time to seal victory.

In the other semi-final, world number one Djokovic played his first game in six weeks but continued his impressive 2014 form as he restricted last year’s Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka to just three games in an impressive 6-1 6-2 victory.

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Tennis: Murray signs £15m Under Armour deal

Andy Murray has signed a four-year deal worth £15 million with American sportswear giant Under Armour.

Under Armour will replace Adidas as the 2013 Wimbledon champion’s principal kit sponsor.

Murray was expected to announce the deal after inadvertently being pictured in Under Armour’s gear when posing with fans during training sessions ahead of the Australian Open.

“I am very honoured and excited to be joining Team Under Armour and to help them tell their story globally,” Murray said in a statement issued by Under Armour.

“They are committed to providing innovative apparel, accessories, and footwear, with an unmatched focus on training and performance.”

Under Armour director Ryan Kuehl added: “Signing Andy is really a special moment for the brand, as we continue to elevate and diversify our athlete roster and expand our international presence.

“Andy’s remarkable character, competitive spirit and unmatched ability make him the perfect fit for our family.”

Murray joins an Under Armour roster of world-class athletes including golf’s hottest young property, Jordan Spieth, skier Lindsey Vonn, and NFL superstar Tom Brady. The brand also has Premier League presence, making Tottenham’s kits.

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Tennis: Andy Murray gets engaged to Kim Sears

Tennis star Andy Murray has got engaged to his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears, his agent has confirmed.

Murray, 27, and Ms Sears, 26, have been a couple since 2005 and she regularly watches his matches.

It is thought the Wimbledon champion popped the question to Ms Sears last Wednesday.

Earlier this year Murray, from Dunblane in Perthshire, joked during a question and answer session with fans that he was getting married after Wimbledon.

About an hour later, Murray told his 2.3 million followers: “3 things.. I don’t smoke grass, I’m not getting married(yet) and I don’t want to kill rafael Nadal..”

It would appear that Murray has now proposed to Ms Sears, his partner of more than nine years.

Sussex-born Ms Sears, who is the daughter of former Lawn Tennis Association head of women’s tennis Nigel Sears, met Murray at the US Open in 2005.

She was once described by future mother-in-law Judy Murray as “the best thing to happen to Andy”.

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Tennis: ATP Finals: Andy Murray knocked out by Roger Federer

Roger Federer thrashed Andy Murray 6-0 6-1 to end the Briton’s ATP World Tour Finals hopes in humiliating fashion.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion needed just 56 minutes to win his third Group B match and reach the semi-finals.

Murray required a straight-sets win to qualify but won only eight points in the first set and did not win a game until 6-0 5-0 down.

The result is Murray’s worst since he lost 6-1 6-0 to Novak Djokovic in Miami seven years ago.

Japanese world number five Kei Nishikori qualifies behind Federer after his earlier 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory over Spaniard David Ferrer – a replacement for the injured Milos Raonic.

“Clearly, I’m very happy to play a good match today,” Federer said. “I knew I was qualified so maybe I went in a bit more relaxed.

“It’s not the way I thought it was going to go, but there’s always next year for Andy and hopefully he can have a good season.

“At the end I was happy I didn’t win the second to last game to be quite honest.”

After 24 minutes, Murray’s progress in the tournament was over as he suffered his first 6-0 set loss in four years.

“It was a tough night,” Murray said.

“I’ve lost Grand Slam finals, which have been very tough, but in terms of the way the match went it was not ideal from my side of the court – far from it.

“He played exceptionally well, that’s for sure. I can say I’m disappointed with my level tonight but if I played well, he probably still would have won anyway.”

A tight, tense encounter had been anticipated with the Scot needing a fast start, and Federer keen to win the group and so probably avoid top seed Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

In the event, only one player brought anything like his best game.

The 17,000 spectators packed into the O2 must have thought they were in a for classic when Murray won the opening two points on Federer’s serve, before the Swiss won an epic 34-stroke rally on the third.

From that moment on it was one-way traffic as Murray struggled to find first serves and Federer produced some sublime tennis.

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Tennis: ATP Finals: Andy Murray beats Milos Raonic to keep Finals hopes alive

Britain’s Andy Murray kept his ATP World Tour Finals hopes alive with a straight-sets win over Milos Raonic at the O2 Arena.

Murray would have been been eliminated with a defeat but came through a tense match 6-3 7-5.

He will face Roger Federer in his final Group B encounter on Thursday, with a semi-final place still up for grabs.

Federer earlier beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 to top the standings after two matches.

“On Sunday, there wasn’t much magic,” said Murray. “Today I came up with some good shots in the right moments. Milos didn’t serve as well as he can and that helped.”

The signs had not been particularly good for Murray heading into Tuesday’s do-or-die contest after a poor opening display against Nishikori and with only one win in four matches against Raonic.

There was plenty on the line for the Canadian too, however, and it was Murray who coped better with the occasion.

That he was able to clinch victory in two sets could prove decisive when the final standings are calculated.

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Tennis: ATP Finals: Andy Murray to face Roger Federer

Britain’s Andy Murray has been drawn in the same group as Roger Federer for the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Murray, 27, has won three titles in the past six weeks to qualify for the eight-man season-ending tournament, which takes place from 9-16 November.

The Scot is in Group B along with Swiss second seed Federer, Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic of Canada.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka, Czech Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic of Croatia are in Group A.

Murray will open play at the O2 at 14:00 GMT on Sunday against Nishikori, followed by Federer against Raonic at 20:00.

Wawrinka and Berdych begin proceedings on Monday, with Djokovic and Cilic in the evening session.

The top two players in each group will progress to the semi-finals, with the standings based initially on match wins, although it can come down to the percentage of games won or even world rankings as the final tie-breaker.

Murray has avoided defending champion Djokovic, who beat him at the Paris Masters last week to end his 11-match winning run.

But the 2013 Wimbledon champion will face Federer, who is attempting to regain the world number one spot and win this title for a seventh time.

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Tennis: Andy Murray beats Tommy Robredo to win Valencia Open

Britain’s Andy Murray saved five match points against Spaniard Tommy Robredo for the second time in a month to win the Valencia Open.

The Scot, who also beat Robredo in last month’s Shenzhen final, won 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (10-8) after three hours and 20 minutes.

Murray, 27, claimed his third title in five weeks and closes in on a place at the ATP World Tour Finals.

He moves up to fifth in the standings, with ninth good enough to qualify.

“I know it was an incredible match,” said Murray. “The tennis at the end and in the second set was high level. I played well at the right moments.”

Murray will now head to the Paris Masters, the final event of the regular season, and would need an unfortunate set of results next week to slip out of the places for London.

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Tennis: Andy Murray beats David Ferrer to win the Vienna Open

Andy Murray came from a set down to beat David Ferrer 5-7 6-2 7-5 in the final of the Vienna Open.

The victory means he moves ahead of the Spaniard in the race to qualify for the World Tour Finals.

Murray, 27, broke his opponent three times in the final set before serving out the match to win only his second title of the year.

The win means the Briton leapfrogs Ferrer, 32, and moves up to eighth in the race to London.

The top eight players at the end of the regular season will qualify.

“It was a good finish to the week,” Murray told BBC Radio 5 live after a match lasting two hours 42 minutes.

“Obviously, it was an important match in the race for the Tour Finals in London and it was a very, very tough match but I managed to get through it.

“It was a very long match and both of us were in the locker room struggling, limping around and very stiff and sore so it was a nice one to get through.”

The victory was Murray’s first against a top-eight player since he won Wimbledon in 2013.

Murray, whose only other title success this year was at last month’s Shenzhen Open, will now travel to Valencia for a tournament that carries 500 points before playing in Paris, where there are 1,000 on offer for the winner, in the last event before the season finale at the O2 Arena.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and US Open champion Marin Cilic have already secured their places in the World Tour Finals, to be held from 9-16 November.

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US OPEN: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to reach US Open semi-finals


Novak Djokovic saw off Britain’s Andy Murray in a gripping late-night contest to reach the US Open semi-finals.

The world number one came through 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (1-7) 6-2 6-4 in a match that lasted three hours and 32 minutes, and finished at 01:17 local time (06:17 BST).

Djokovic will play Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori in the last four on Friday.

Murray could take encouragement from his best performance since beating Djokovic to win Wimbledon last year, but the Serb proved relentless in their 21st meeting.

Defeat means that Murray has failed to get past the semi-finals of any tournament after undergoing back surgery in September 2013.

I played well,” said Murray. “Especially the first couple of sets was some good tennis.

“I played a poor tie-break in the first set definitely. I was down in the first set and I fought back. I was down in the second set and a break and I fought back.

“So I fought hard, I played some good tennis, but it wasn’t enough.”

The pair extended each other to the limit once again, and repeatedly had the 22,000 spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium on their feet as brutal rallies were followed by roars of delight.

In a contest of numerous opportunities, it was the more clinical Djokovic who prevailed, winning seven of 10 break points while Murray converted just four of 16.

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Tennis: Andy Murray into Cincinnati last 16 as James Ward goes out

Britain’s Andy Murray progressed to the last 16 of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a 6-3 6-3 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

The number eight seed broke Sousa, 25, in his opening service game and wrapped up victory in an hour and 11 minutes.

Murray, 27, faces American John Isner – last year’s runner-up – in the next round.

British number two James Ward, 27, lost 6-2 6-2 to France’s Julien Benneteau in the second round.

“I got the win and that’s the most important thing,” said Murray, who was beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals in Toronto last week.

“It’s very different conditions here this week and a lot of the guys are struggling to control the ball, so I was happy to come through. It’s a good start.”

Qualifier Ward, who upset Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round, was broken twice in each set by world number 41 Benneteau.

Benneteau faces a last-16 tie with Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, a 6-4 3-6 6-3 winner over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

Eleventh seed Isner, 29, beat Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-3 7-6.

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