Andy Murray Shocked In Washington Opener, Madison Keys Crashes Out Of Stanford
by Staff | August 6th, 2015, 10:39 am
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It was a day of upsets across the two tours on Wednesday. First in Washington where top seed Andy Murray suffered his earliest loss in over two years since Rome 2013 falling to Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4) in his opening hardcourt match of the summer.

“I normally back myself to return a little bit better than I did. I think in the tie-break I don’t think I put one return in the court when he was serving. I feel like I didn’t do a good enough job of putting enough first serve points in the court,” Murray said.

“It’s obviously a disappointing match to lose but it wasn’t like I was blown off the court in a match that I had no chance of winning. I feel like I put myself in a position to win the match. It was the first hard-court match for four-and-a-half months with only four or five days of preparation so I was happy with how I moved and did certain things on court.

“But there are some things for me to improve and hopefully with a few more days and having that match under my belt I’ll be able to make some improvements for the next few weeks.”

Washington is headquarters of Murray’s clothing sponsor Under Armour. The Brit who arrived at the Capital last Tuesday was playing Washington for the first since 2006. Murray will look ahead to Montreal next week and then Cincinnati.

The Russian Gabashvili collected just his second career Top 5 victory.

“I was exhausted at the end because my body was really tired but I learnt to play good points and I learnt to play aggressive and without any fear because you have to fight for every point,” Gabashvili said.

“I’m confident now and for sure this helped me in this match and also in the first round against Benjamin Becker, which was really difficult. I knew if I just played confident and try my weapons and let’s see how it goes and it went to my side. The past three years I’ve become more confident in my play. Last year it was the best year in my career and this helped me to improve more this year.”

Also tumbling were Viktor Troicki, Bernard Tomic, Ivo Karlovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Pablo Cuevas and Kevin Anderson, who lost to 18-year-old Alexander Zverev 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“First day I hit on a hard court was Saturday so I’m really happy the way I’m playing for those circumstances,” said Zverev. “I don’t know when I played under the lights last time so I’m really happy to get the win.”

Among the other winners were Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner and Richard Gasquet who closed out Gilles Muller in three sets at 1:45am.

Today, Isner meets Vasek Pospisil. Gasquet plays Jack Sock and Sam Querrey clashes with Marin Cilic. Kei Nishikori is also in action.

In the women’s event, Alize Cornet was shocked by American youngster Louisa Chirico while Sam Stosur advanced.

At the Serena-less Stanford event, American hope Madison Keys was bounced by Ajla Tomljanovic
1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Alison Riske scored an upset beating No. 3 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-4.

On Thursday, top seeds Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska made their debuts.

THURSDAY WASHINGTON SCHEDULE
STADIUM COURT start 1:50 pm
WTA – [3] B. Bencic (SUI) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [16] L. Mayer (ARG) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 5:30 pm
ATP – [13] S. Querrey (USA) vs [3] M. Cilic (CRO)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [4] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [15] J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [12] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [8] J. Isner (USA)


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86 Comments for Andy Murray Shocked In Washington Opener, Madison Keys Crashes Out Of Stanford

jalep Says:

Andy – Gabashvilli match also was unique in that Andy won 105 points to Gaba’s 99.

Good Luck to Andy in Montreal.


jalep Says:

Doesn’t happen often…’unique’ probably not the right description.


Jock-KatH Says:

Did you see the match, Jalep?

Andy will be seeded No. 2 at Montreal – he’s going to make sure a Gabashvilli doesn’t happen again. Hope he goes deep and deeper.


Jock-KatH Says:

Saw your comments on the other thread – so know you saw the match. Glad I didn’t in a way – I’d probably have had to close my eyes or run from the room….


Navdeep Says:

Lets just hope the us open series becomes interesting with all the big players performing and it doesnt become a man show.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Navdeep what do you mean by a man show?….


roy Says:

imagine if that was nadal losing to this guy. we’d be hearing about how bad his hardcourt game is and how he’s finished.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Roy while you do have a point,why drag Rafa into Murrays defeat?….


calmdownplease Says:

i’magine if that was nadal losing to this guy. we’d be hearing about how bad his hardcourt game is and how he’s finished…’

Oh boo hoo about poor Rafa and what a victim he is.
Oh and for the record I have seen many 1st round losses from this tennis player ignored come next time.
(Wimbledon anyone?)
Shit happens, Muzz was rusty, it was a 500
Would you now all please get OVER IT!
I know Andy will.


jane Says:

it may be a good thing, in a way, given his packed schedule


Gypsy Gal Says:

I dont really understand why he played this tournament then,will such a packed shedual?….


calmdownplease Says:

said the same on the other thread Jane….
And also, the ‘packed schedule’ he’s already had!
Almost Single handedly taking us into the semis for DC
would have been quite the undertaking.


calmdownplease Says:

Underarm GG
Money, commitments, business..


jane Says:

gypsy gal, maybe it was something to do with his clothing sponsor? i’m not sure.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane cheers ;)….


Gypsy Gal Says:

The way i see it Andy has nothing left to prove anymore,he did what no British player had done since Fred Perry and that was to win Wimbledon,to add he also won the USO first,Greg,Tim etc were never the players that Andy is,Andy won two GS and is still player,the rest never even won one,Andy is the best British player we have had since the great Fred Perry….


Jock-KatH Says:

Normally I’d say money/business/commitments is not really Andy’s style – but yes, there has to be some doubt considering UA (I think that’s what it’s called) hails from Washington.

I believe there had to be some awareness of some kind of commitment to UA – but equal to that, I believe Andy had such a buzz following the French v GB Davis Cup that he thought he was equal to the task – and onwards. He forgot how absolutely exhausted he was at the end of winning 3 matches at Davis Cup – we all saw it. He now remembers.

I believe the real Andy will re-appear at Montreal as seen in the past and most of this year…(irrespective of yesterday’s failure).

As to comparing Rafa with Andy – the means test does not apply. They are at different places/have been at different places – and it transcends rankings. What co-joins them is that both can rise and do it this year.

Apologies for too many words.


chris ford1 Says:

Why he picked this place, having not been there since 2006, with a risk of DC heat and humidity taking it’s toll, is a mystery. Had to be an obligation to a business Andy gets lots of money from. Not a little appearance fee…

But nobody’s saying on record why he was there.
Seems like skipping this would have been the obvious smart thing to do..Priority? Play two Masters and USO on a time compressed schedule AND have gas in the tank for Davis Semis (where he might be pressed to play doubles as well)


Charlie Says:

Did anyone watch Bernie’s match yesterday? I was there and boy it was a doozy. At one point he yelled at the chair umpire AND Stevie Johnson to challenge balls on points that Bernie won! It was definitely one of the crazier experiences in my entire life.


calmdownplease Says:

The way i see it Andy has nothing left to prove anymore..’

I disagree
He has been a most frustrating sportsperson to follow/support
And has definitely underachieved (in my view anyway) in relation to his talent.
But then so have others..
But still, there’s a fair way to go yet.
And maybe even a surprise or two!


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP all im saying is,is that as a British player hes done what we all wanted him to do and that was win Wimbledon,agree on the rest though….


jalep Says:

@ Charlie

No, that was a match that I could only loosely follow the score. But I did think the end score was strange, like maybe Bernie just said **** this.

Are you saying he basically gave up because the calls were so bad? Do tell more…

Watching scores now. McHale finally won. Hoping Kei can get this done in 2 sets.


jane Says:

some interesting matches at washington today:

querrey/cilic
johnson/ dimitrov
gasquet/sock
isner/pospisl

all could be really good if the players bring it.


Jock-KatH Says:

To all of you good people – strangely enuf heat and humidity has never really been a problem for Andy – amazing given from whence he hails — (apart from he doesn’t like the sun in his eyes when serving – who does?) he is also someone who is able – and possibly one of the best who can resist wind (comes from a windy city not called Chicago).
To GG
The ambivalence of Andy as a Scot and the only top-ranked British for aeons means that he himself is a tennis ball tossed between a nationality situation – not easy – which means winning Wimbledon/the US Open and a gold Olympic medal as part of the British team – is enough and not enough.

Also, from what I’ve gathered, Andy and Nole are the two top players who do not seek to make oodles of money from sponsorship – it’s flattering but it carries responsibility.

What I do agree with, Andy should not have played Washington given his condition after Davis Cup and what was in the near horizon. That he did so, I believe, was a toss-up e.g. please a sponsor and maybe grab a few more points.

No more – No less.


jane Says:

^ it seems to come and go. mainly i’d agree, but for example andy cramped up badly last year at the us open in the heat/humidity. i think it was versus hasse?


chris ford1 Says:

calmdownplease – I don’t see Andy’s talent as that much better than Nole’s, Rafa’s, or Fed’s – that he is an underachiever for failing to beat them more.

===============
Gypsy Gal – You have low expectations. The UK, as I understand it, was very appreciative of Andy and his Gold Medal at the London Olympics. Andy has done 2 things the Brits really wanted.
Now Andy is going for the Trifecta. First Davis Cup since 1936, with team mates.


jalep Says:

jane

You forgot Sasha v Sasha. That’s the one I’m aiming to watch.


Markus Says:

Gypsy Gal, I think Murray is too good to simply rest on his laurels. I believe and I know that many (emphasis on many, not all) will agree with me that he is more than just a two-time slam guy. He has to back up the people who support him as one of the Big 4. Andy, don’t prove them wrong!


Gypsy Gal Says:

KatH people used to say oh he will never win a GS,oh Brits never do well in sport blahdy blah,and when he won W he was pulled to bits for been Scottish,some on this forum even said we still havent had a true British champion,funny they never mentioned it till he did win the title though,seems some people like to build people up only to knock them down,or haters just like to hate,anyway im not talking in the past tense theres still more to come from our guy,and i firmly believe that….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Chris Ford1 what i meant was he has done fantastic so far,but i believe theres still alot more in him yet,my expectations are certainly not low….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Markus yeah i certainly think so,and i certainly hope so,i dont know about what will happen with my first favorite though at the moment Rafas not really playing like Rafa,so who knows where his games at?….


jalep Says:

Dammm, I can’t watch Dolgo v Zverev – it’s starting now :/ Have to watch rerun.

Kei won; and Aga won in Stanford! Yay.


Jock-KatH Says:

Goodnight folks and thanks – It’s nearly 11.00pm my time and I’ve mouthed off enuf – if I’m not careful I’ll be hearing from Margot.

Hopefully we’ll be stretching our visions over the next few weeks.


Daniel Says:

CF,

I beleive CDP was referring to Andy as unserschiever because many, me inclided think he should have more than 5 majors tohis name by the time he ends his career, minimum based on his talent. So yeah, so far he underachieve.

And he has his shares of victorys over Fed, Nadal and Djoko. There is no other playee out there, past or present who has more wins combined agaisnt this 3. Even tough he has losing HxH agaisnt all of them he has more than 6 wins against all.

No one else comes even close and the HxH are way more loopsided. You can have a player with a decent record agaisnt one of them but than they fail miserably agaisnt other two. Davydenko finish postive againt Nadal, but was awful agasint Fed. Roddick was even to Djoko (although he didn’t play Djoko 2.0 much) but was awful agaisnt Fed and bad agaisnt Nadal.

I think Andy will be the only player with more than 10 wins agaisnt Fed, Djoko and Nadal.


jane Says:

yes, forgot that one jalep; are you rooting for pogo? ;)


jalep Says:

Well? I’m cheering for pogo, tigger, dog mostly, yes as I look at the score, pogoserve won the 1st set – so have kinda switched…lol…in the end, I do hope the dog wins but hope the teenager puts up a good fight. Have to be careful with that tho, you know. Kid could win, as I saw last night. He had tons of confidence.

Who are your picks?


jane Says:

jalep, i’m neutral on the sashas; wouldnt mind sam getting a win as far as americans go, but will pull for grigor and vasek against the other two.


jane Says:

so much for sam; he’s doing poorly in the tiebreak again.


jane Says:

also pulling for reeshard, although i like jack sock.

looks like the younger sasha will prevail, jalep.


jalep Says:

Yes, I see, Jane. And I’m in front of TV now but won’t pay extra for tennis channel plus so can only see bits of the matches not on center court.

What a win for Sasha Zverev. He just earned himself a place in the quarters and the chance to play Marin…possibly beat him, too!

Happy Marin won {sorry GG ;)}. Uhm…wish I could have watched Sasha v Sasha. I think it softens the blow when I see the match Dolgo plays. Win or lose, I love his tennis.

Really pulling for Reeshard, nothing personal against Sock. Pulling for Vasek and Grigor too.

Not sure my favorites will prevail tonight.

Allez Reeshard!


jalep Says:

Okay, so I hear Dimitrov has problems and has had MTO’s for his shoulder. Poor guy. Loses his coach, girlfriend, the match – hoping he can pull it all together again and go in the right direction.


jane Says:

oofff gasquet just went from a break up and almost a double break in the second set (after winning the first) to give back the lead. now they’re on serve in the second.


Navdeep Says:

@Gypsy Gal,
I mean one man show


jane Says:

eh, am giving up on washington. literally everyone i was hoping would win has lost. lol. maybe cilic will win it all? or the young sasha…


Daniel Says:

Cilic and Kei are one win away from a rematch of their USO final. This could be a crucial match for both in semis as the winner will have a shot at the title. Kei didn’t play neither Canada nor Cincy last tear while Wawa was semis and QF. Kei could pass Wawa and get the #4 seed for US Open which could be huge for him.

Cilic also with a title here could almost guarantee #8 seed for USO. He defends R16 in both masters while Nadal has 0 but a title will increase his lead and if he perform the same as Nadal or even a round less could be enough for him.
Cilci needs to win points as much as possible because very likelly he will defend his title so his rankings will drop out of top 10 after USO.

It’s also a good openning fir Isner who could be un another final in USA after his Atlanta title.


jane Says:

oh right, kei is still in it too. could be interesting…


Michael Says:

It is Consistency which is the starking difference between a Good player and a Great player !!


Margot Says:

Now heard via the wonderful, not, net that Kim is expecting.
What good news if true. Andy and Kim will make lovely parents.
@Giles
Waiting for you to confirm or deny…..;)


Jock-KatH Says:

Yep Margot all the nwsps. & mags. have got it – but none are saying when the “bairn” is expected.


Okiegal Says:

Another little tennis baby! How exciting for Andy and Kim. I was so sad he lost his first match in Washingon. I was going to settle in and watch Andy win it……but not to be. Better luck in Montreal!

Congratulations to them on the bundle of joy coming their way!!


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot -just read the Yahoo article – and they say due February – other than that, I’m really shocked by all the very nasty comments directed at Andy-Kim -that follow the article.


Colin Says:

I see Gabashvili lost his next match. Another talented thirtyish guy who blows hot and cold, like Dustin Brown, it would seem.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep@ August 6th 8.09pm, no need for an apology,we all like who we like,i did like Marin but not anymore since i found out about the company he keeps when not playing tennis,all ill say is hes still an amazing player and leave it at that,hope Kei beats him if they meet as i love Kei hes one of my favorites….


Gypsy Gal Says:

KatH yeah there are some nasty people out there saying the baby will be ugly for taking after both of them,Kim is gorgeous,and Andy has the look of a young Charlton Heston,so the baby will be gorgeous….


Margot Says:

@Kat
Lots of “jellus hatars” out there. “Frankly my dear, who gives a damn?”
Xplains, possibly, “distracted” play in Washington?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot exactly it says more about them as people,haters will always hate….


Giles Says:

@ Margot. Lol. Confirm, Sky News told me so.
They did it the right way round, ring first, babby later. 😜
Many congrats to Murphy and Kim, I’m sure they will make ideal parents.


Gypsy Gal Says:

LOL Judy says she cant wait to be a granny,im trying to imagine her knitting little baby grows,and jumpers,socks etc….;)….


Markus Says:

I wish people who comment in blogsphere about other people’s looks would post their own pictures so the readers would know how they compare with those they are commenting on.

By the way, Andy is not a bad looking guy at all. What we often see are pictures of him while playing, screaming, etc, naturally, the face will come out contorted. Have you seen anybody look good while screaming at the top of his lungs?


calmdownplease Says:

Andy looks….better nowadays, yeah he looks good now I think
He just needed a while to grow into his ‘looks’
Yes, I think that’s about right
lol


Okiegal Says:

@Markus 9:03

The first paragraph in your comment……ME TOO! I would love to see a photo of the person who is always spouting off about FAT!! I would also love to hear a person speak Spanish whose native language is something else……English for instance. Do the people who are always talking about balding have a full head of hair? Yeah Markus, a picture is worth a thousand words……


jalep Says:

Yeah sure we should all post pictures, lol…

Great news about Andy and Kim! Congratualtions!

Kim is beautiful …Andy is okay looking but his body rocks like elite athletes bodies do and he’s loaded. Most of all, he’s a good guy with a good heart, I’d guess, by what little I know, anyway.

I don’t think Fedal is any better looking – not bad by any means but not Tom Hughes kind of good looking. Fabio is as GG says.

GG, who does Cilic hang out with that makes him a bad character? I missed something?


Okiegal Says:

Looks aren’t everything…….unless you want to be a news anchor lady. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an unattractive news anchor woman……


jalep Says:

Oh no. Kohlschreiber served up a bagel for Thiem and the next set beat him in a tie break.

End of Thiem streak. It’s Kohls v the great 33 yr old, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Kitzbuhel qualifer, in the final tomorrow. PHM beat Almagro

Allez Paul-Henri!


Giles Says:

Allez Paul-Henri indeed, one of the nicest guys on tour. Good to see him making a come-back of sorts.


jalep Says:

Looks aren’t everything, Okie Gal. It’s about the tennis!


Giles Says:

Looks like Thiem has run out of steam. He’s had a brilliant run nevertheless.


Margot Says:

Lol jalep, Colic “hangs out” with Sienna. Nuff said…;)


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep 10:45…….That’s so right……but there is always someone on here that brings ugly, fat, bald into the equation. Not right, very rude!!!


Okiegal Says:

@Margot 11:04. :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep i think Andy is quite a nice looking guy,much like a younger looking Charlton Heston,Fabio is gorgeous and when hes playing tennis i cant take my eyes of him,although when it comes down to it my all time crush has to be one Australian actor called Mr Hugh Jackman….

Anyway about Cilic i did actually like the guy,and was pleased he won the USO even though i actually wanted Kei to win the title,then i think it was The DA or Wogboy who posted a link with a picture of him with a man called Marko Perkovic from a band called Thompson whos a Neo Nazi pop star,with the title#proud,it might not be Cilics policy but he still condones it by having his picture taken with this person,after that i lost all respect for Cilic sorry….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Markus/Okie Rafa fans have always been stereotyped by some as been overweight housewives,or Essex girls,well im not an Essex girl,but im not exactly stick thin either,not that ive ever given a sh*t about looking less than perfect,its whats on the inside that counts,its more important to be a decent person,i like the idea of pictures with monikors though,most people know what i look like anyway from the bracket challenge….


jalep Says:

Yeah, GG, see, didn’t know that about Cilic. Hanging out with neo-nazis is a definite turn-off…

Hugh Jackman, yes.

Tom Hughes: Perfectly dreamy :)
I have the last episode of “The Game” saved

https://soliloquiesfromstonestreet.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/2-7904547-1.jpg


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep nice, but JMO but nobody comes close to Hugh Jackman,Britains Aidan Turner would be another one ask Margot lol….


jalep Says:

Tom Hughes is from Cheshire, GG (not sure if that’s close to where you are from) – it’s his voice too and his accent. Screen idols.

Obviously though when it comes to tennis I don’t care about the looks too much. Think of my faves, hahaha…
Dog, Goffin, Kei…

Ana Ivanovic and Fabio are exceptions.


Margot Says:

@jalep
You could slice bread off that man’s cheek bones…;) Enjoyed “The Game” very much, especially him…;) Brian Cox was good too but so massively overweight reminded me of Brando.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep im from North Yorkshire originally,but i live in Norfolk by the sea,so Tom aint that far from where i was born,Hugh has Norfolk connections as his grandmother is from Norwich i believe,hope he visits my neck of the woods id probably faint lol….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot bet your looking forward to the new series of Poldark?….


jalep Says:

Quintessential bad guy, Margot, is what I think of when I think of Brian Cox – Bourne Identity, King Agamemnon…good character actor.

Liked “the game” a lot…but not sure if it was as great as I thought or mostly down to Tom Hughes :D


Margot Says:

Lol GG they just had the films of Hugh Jackman as a “Pointless” question!
jalep really enjoying “True Detective 2″ at the mo. Love Colin Farrell’s performance.
Prefer modern stuff tbh.
Love “Bourne Films” all terrific and exciting. The scene with Paddy Considine at Waterloo Station was brilliant.
Yeah Tom’s cheekbones improved “The Game” more than somewhat…..


jalep Says:

Margot, I checked out Spiral and Witness – read up on them.

Both look good the only way for me to watch them would be 1) order on Netflix 2) wait and see if BBC or PBS broadcast them

I get BBC America – that’s how I got to watch The Game but here in ‘merica we are behind you with these series by at least a couple seasons, if not, an entire year.

My god, I hope Kei can beat Sam Groth. Match is on now.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot lol….


jane Says:

i was lucky enough to see brian cox in live theatre a couple years ago in the west end – so good, so natural. he didnt seem to be bloated like brando then, thankfully. :)


Jock-KatH Says:

Pointless – yes, a favourite pre-dinner must-watch chez-moi.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jock KatH LOL….

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