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Great Britain to play Croatia away in Davis Cup World Group play-off

Great Britain face away trip to Croatia in Davis Cup play-off… and Murray will play!

By
Stuart Fraser

PUBLISHED:

10:16 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:05 GMT, 10 April 2013

Great Britain have been drawn away to Croatia in September's Davis Cup World Group play-offs.

Leon Smith's team staged a stunning comeback to beat Russia 3-2 on Sunday in Coventry and earn a chance to gain promotion to the elite 16-team World Group for the first time since 2008.

Heroes: Britain beat Russia to clinch a place in September's World Group play-offs

Heroes: Britain beat Russia to clinch a place in September's World Group play-offs

World No 2 Andy Murray has already committed to play in the tie which will be held on the weekend following the conclusion of the US Open on 13-15 September.

Murray last played in September 2011 in a 5-0 win over Hungary and has opted out of each tie since, preferring to focus on his grand slam preparations.

Return: Murray (centre) has already committed to play in September's tie

Return: Murray (centre) has already committed to play in September's tie

James Ward and Dan Evans, the heroes
on Sunday as they won both their matches to clinch the win over Russia,
will likely battle it out for the second singles spot.

Croatia's team is likely to include world No 11 Marin Cilic, who Murray beat on his way to winning the Sony Open in Miami last month, and Ivan Dodig, ranked No 54.

The hosts have until April 30 to choose a venue and surface for the tie.

Leader: World No 11 Cilic will likely lead Croatia's team against Great Britain

Leader: World No 11 Cilic will likely lead Croatia's team against Great Britain

It will be Britain's first tie away from home since Smith, Murray's former coach, took over as captain from John Lloyd in 2010.

Smith has won six of his seven ties in charge and should be confident of promotion to the World Group, having avoided Spain and Switzerland in the draw.

Coach: Smith (left) was Murray's (right) coach when the world No 2 was in his teenage years

Coach: Smith (left) was Murray's (right) coach when the world No 2 was in his teenage years

Britain last played Croatia in the World Group play-offs in September 2007, winning 4-1 at Wimbledon.

Murray beat Cilic in five sets in the opening match, before Tim Henman – in his last match before retirement – clinched the tie by teaming up with Murray's brother Jamie in the doubles to beat Cilic and Lovro Zovko.

Handshakes: Cilic (right) played against Britain in 2007 in what was Tim Henman's (left) last match

Handshakes: Cilic (right) played against Britain in 2007 in what was Tim Henman's (left) last match

Andy Murray loses to Jerzy Janowicz at Paris Masters

Murray knocked out after running into giant Pole at Paris Masters

PUBLISHED:

15:39 GMT, 1 November 2012

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 1 November 2012

Andy Murray wasted match point as he was dumped out in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open by towering Pole Jerzy Janowicz.

The Scot surrendered control of a match he was on the brink of winning in straight sets before being blown away in the decider by his 21-year-old 6ft 8in opponent.

The US Open champion served for the match at 5-4 in the second, but he was broken for the first time in the match and Janowicz, a qualifier, went on to win the set on a tie-break.

Heading home: Andy Murray is out of the Paris Masters after losing to Jerzy Janowicz

Heading home: Andy Murray is out of the Paris Masters after losing to Jerzy Janowicz

And the third seed was made to pay for his loss of composure as he fell two breaks down in the third, Janowicz taking the biggest scalp of his career with a 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 win in two hours 25 minutes.

The Scot's victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu on Wednesday was his first match since citing a back problem as the reason for pulling out on the eve of last week's event in Basle and the workout he got against Janowicz was too tough to cope with.

Murray will need to pick himself up in time for next week's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, but Janowicz's joy at the end of the match was clear for all to see.

Emotional: Janowicz was overcome after beating Murray

Emotional: Janowicz was overcome after beating Murray

Murray had to bide his time in the opening set, the first break point not coming until the 11th game.
That was saved, but Murray took the next and then held serve to go one set in front.

He broke for a 4-3 lead in the second and had match point on serve, but Janowicz, who shocked 13th seed Marin Cilic in the previous round, showed plenty of spirit and rattled Murray by breaking back to level at 5-5.

And the Pole was far more aggressive in the tie-break and it paid off as he forced a decider.

Tall order: Janowicz battled back to reach the fourth round of the Paris Masters

Tall order: Janowicz battled back to reach the fourth round of the Paris Masters

The momentum was firmly with Janowicz and continued where he left off by breaking for a 2-1 and then a 4-1 lead before booking his place in the last eight.

Janowicz could not hide his utter elation at a famous victory.

'It's not easy for me to speak, I have a thousand different feelings in my heart,' he said on Sky Sports 1.

'This is an unbelievable week for me. I was already so happy after winning in the first round against (Philipp) Kohlschreiber, (beating) Cilic (was) unbelievable, I don't know what to say after this match. I still don't think this is happening.'

Never give up: Janowicz looked to be heading for an early exit until he blasted back at the Scot

Never give up: Janowicz looked to be heading for an early exit until he blasted back at the Scot

Janowicz has made huge strides in the past 10 months given he was playing Futures Tour events in Barnstaple at the start of the year.

'Since the beginning of the year I've had so many changes in my life,' he said. 'I've changed the racket which is helping me, a new fitness coach also, a lot of new changes and they've worked.

'Now I am playing my best tennis in my whole life and hope I am not finished.'

Move on: Murray will now turn his attention to the ATP Tour Finals

Move on: Murray will now turn his attention to the ATP Tour Finals

Shanghai Masters 2012: Andy Murray into semi-final after beating Radek Stepanek

Murray edges into Shanghai semis after battling three-set victory over Stepanek

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UPDATED:

10:53 GMT, 12 October 2012

Andy Murray overcame a shaky start to power into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 victory over Radek Stepanek.

The US Open champion, who has an outside chance of finishing the year as world number one, will face either Roger Federer or Marin Cilic for a place in the final.

He was forced to overcome some worrying moments against Stepanek before hitting top gear to remain on course for a third successive Shanghai Masters title.

On the march: Murray is into the semi-final at Shanghai after seeing off Stepanek in three sets

On the march: Murray is into the semi-final at Shanghai after seeing off Stepanek in three sets

Murray was in trouble in the fifth
game, conceding three break points and finding the net on the third, and
never recovered as the confident Stepanek took the opening set with
ease.

Their fortunes reversed in a
hard-fought second set with Murray looking more comfortable and
capitalising on a double fault to break in the sixth.

Flying start: Stepanek took the first set but Murray battled back to edge through

Flying start: Stepanek took the first set but Murray battled back to edge through

Flying start: Stepanek took the first set but Murray battled back to edge through

A stunning forehand winner – executed
at full reach having dashed the width of the court – in the third game
of the deciding set helped Stepanek secure a crucial break.

But Murray broke back immediately in
impressive style and barely broke sweat as he cruised to victory,
Stepanek buckling beneath the pressure in the closing stages.

Roofless: The players faced each other on a clear night in Shanghai

Roofless: The players faced each other on a clear night in Shanghai

Wimbledon 2012 Andy Murray insists title is not on his mind

Murray reaches for the sky with Ferrer up next, but Brit ace insists title is not on his mind

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UPDATED:

23:26 GMT, 3 July 2012

Andy Murray looks to the heavens as he contemplates his Wimbledon quarter-final against David Ferrer.

But he refuses to dream of the ultimate prize, despite Grand Slam nemesis Rafael Nadal being removed from his path.

The 25-year-old Scot dodged the Court No 1 rain to finish off Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-2, 6-3, but is desperate not to get ahead of himself despite being just three victories from the title.

Heavens above: Andy Murray toasts his passage through to the last eight

Heavens above: Andy Murray toasts his passage through to the last eight

‘I’m sure it would mean a lot but it’s so far away,’ he said. ‘I’m not feeling the sensations you get when you’re close to winning a major right now, because I’m playing the No 5 player in the world and I lost to him just a few weeks ago at the French Open. It’s just too far to think about it now, I’ve thought about it in the past, but during this tournament it’s not something on my mind.’

Of the five quarter-finals Murray has played at Wimbledon — an open era record for a Briton, overtaking Tim Henman — Spain’s Ferrer is his toughest opponent since Nadal beat him in 2008.

Tough task: Murray must be at his best against David Ferrer who beat him at the French Open in June

Tough task: Murray must be at his best against David Ferrer who beat him at the French Open in June

But the stakes are higher as the world No 2 does not stand in his way in the semi-finals, as in the past two years.

Instead the winner will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Lying in wait: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the likely opponent for the winner - should the Frenchman beat Philipp Kohlschreiber

Lying in wait: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the likely opponent for the winner – should the Frenchman beat Philipp Kohlschreiber

Murray brushed aside any controversy about being forced to play a match off Centre Court.

He said: ‘I don’t think I should get preferential treatment. I don’t deserve to play all my matches on Centre. Just because I’m from this country I don’t think I should get special treatment. But I hope I play my next few matches on Centre.’

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray rained off

Murray rained on as Wimbledon defend decision not to move British No 1 to Centre

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UPDATED:

23:08 GMT, 2 July 2012

Wimbledon officials have defended their decision not to give Andy Murray another Centre Court late shift as rain disrupted his campaign.

Britain’s No 1 must return to Court No 1 on Tuesday after his fourth-round match against No 16 seed Marin Cilic was delayed by the weather when he was leading 7-5, 3-1.

Sabine Lisicki suffered no such inconvenience as she dumped out top seed Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3.

Rained off: Andy Murray will be forced to return on Court 1 on Tuesday

Rained off: Andy Murray will be forced to return on Court 1 on Tuesday

The All England Club said: ‘We have had four late nights already. We could go on to five or six. We have to draw the line and this is it.’

Fans under the Centre Court roof tried to persuade tournament organisers to bring the Scot inside once the final scheduled game on the show court had finished just before 8pm when champion Novak Djokovic beat Viktor Troicki.

They stayed in their seats and chanted ‘Murray, Murray’ in a vain effort to see more action.

But the decision was taken to bring him and Cilic back on Tuesday, and Murray will resume at noon in the opening match on Court One — although with more rain forecast, he will be looking to claim his place in the last eight as quickly as possible.

On the up: Murray led Marin Cilic by a set and a break before the rain came

On the up: Murray led Marin Cilic by a set and a break before the rain came

In a statement, the All England Club added: ‘The problems associated with moving matches between courts such as the stewarding, and the wish not to play another late night, all conspired to say our best option is to come back tomorrow. It is a traditional daytime, outdoor event.’

Murray took the first set of his match against Cilic 7-5, and led the Croatian 3-1 in the second set when the heavens opened.

Failing to fight another day, however, was 2004 champion Sharapova.

The Russian was hoping to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to follow up victory at the French Open by also winning here.

But it was not to be and Sharapova admitted: ‘She did many things better than I did. She played very well. I could have done things differently but not on this particular day.’

Game over: Maria Sharapova leaves the court after her shock defeat

Game over: Maria Sharapova leaves the court after her shock defeat

Lisicki said: ‘She is a fighter but I am a fighter too. I fought to the last point. The last game was tough but I fought it out.

‘I’m getting better with each match. This is my favourite tournament. I love it here.’

Also bowing out was Kim Clijsters, who lost 6-1, 6-1 in a one-sided encounter against No 8 seed Angelique Kerber.

Clijsters, a winner of four grand slam titles, was chasing her maiden singles crown at the All England Club at the final attempt before retiring for a second time after the US Open.

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray and Marin Cilic to conclude on Tuesday

Rain forces Murray's match with Cilic to go into day two after bizarre decision to put out Brit on Court No 1

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UPDATED:

19:36 GMT, 2 July 2012

Andy Murray's fourth-round Wimbledon tussle with Marin Cilic will go into a second day after rain brought an early end to matches on all courts except Centre Court.

British number one Murray, surprisingly scheduled on Court One, was left waiting for almost three hours before learning there would be no resumption tonight of his match against Croatian Cilic.

Murray led 7-5 3-1 and by 40-love on
serve in the fifth game of the second set, having recovered from a slow
start to the contest.

All over for the day: Andy Murray was forced off court as the rain came down

All over for the day: Andy Murray was forced off court as the rain came down

He was seen leaving the grounds immediately after the announcement there would be no further play.

There had been speculation Murray and Cilic would move to continue under the closed roof on Centre, however Novak Djokovic's win against Victor Troicki proved to be the last action of the day.

On top: Andy Murray is up a set and a break against Marin Cilic

On top: Andy Murray is up a set and a break against Marin Cilic

The forecast late-afternoon rain arrived at Wimbledon shortly before 5pm.

There had been morning fears that no play would be possible at all apart from on Centre Court, with poor weather predicted for most of the day, one of the busiest of the Championships on which all the fourth-round singles matches were scheduled to be played.

Good feeling: Murray was ahead against Cilic before the rain came

Good feeling: Murray was ahead against Cilic before the rain came

Murray and Cilic will be first on Court No 1 on Tuesday, tournament organisers announced. Play on Centre and Court No 1 will start at midday, an hour earlier than usual, in an attempt to deal with the backlog of matches.

David Nalbandian kicked out of Queen"s Club final

Nalbandian booted out of Queen's Club final after wild kick at line judge

PUBLISHED:

14:54 GMT, 17 June 2012

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UPDATED:

15:05 GMT, 17 June 2012

David Nalbandian was disqualified from the AEGON Championships final against Marin Cilic after kicking an advertising panel in to a line judge's leg.

Nalbandian won the first set on a tie-break but reacted angrily after being broken for the second time in the second set.

Having just lost the seventh game Nalbandian fiercely kicked an advertising board in front of line judge Andrew McDougall's chair.

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David Nalbandian of Argentina looks at the Line Umpire's bloody leg

David Nalbandian

Injured: David Nalbandian kicked an advertising board into a line judge, cutting his leg in the process

The board smacked into the line judge's shin and a caused an inch-long bloody gash.

Referee
Fergus Murphy then awarded Cilic the match, and the championship,
disqualifying Nalbandian for 'unsportsmanlike behaviour.'

Embarrassed: David Nalbandian defaulted after injuring a line judge

Embarrassed: David Nalbandian defaulted after injuring a line judge