Murray Edges Edmund In Washington; Del Potro Opens Win Win in Los Cabos; Thiem Tumbles On Clay
by Staff | August 2nd, 2018, 9:49 am
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Andy Murray had to fight again to advance in Washington. This time in a tight 3-set win over countryman Kyle Edmund 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4.

Edmund served for the first set but couldn’t finish it. He brushed off the disappointment and seized hold of the second. Late in the third, Murray was teetering serving 4-all, but held and then with the help of an Edmund double fault, closed out his compatriot.

Murray credited his aggressive behavior for the win.

“It was much better, just in terms of the way I actually played the match. In the first match I basically spent the whole match defending, I was playing quite far behind the baseline. And that’s not really how I want to be playing moving forward,” Murray said.

“Spoke at good length with my coach about that. Today, regardless of the result, we wanted to at least be dictating more points, trying to use my forehand, be closer to the baseline. I think I did that, especially in some of the important moments in the third set… I was being more offensive. I was a lot happier with the way I approached the match today.”

Edmund will rue those missed chances in the first and the third.

“I gave my best of what I had on the day today. Just didn’t work out. Would have been nice to hold serve and maybe even control what I can and take to a tie-break but it didn’t happen,” Edmund said.

Murray returns tonight for a third round match against Marius Copil.

Before another night of rains halted play, Alexander Zverev completed his win over Malek Jaziri. He’ll face his brother, Mischa, today.

And a slew of young stars were winners including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Hyeon Chung, Denis Shapovaolov and Frances Tiafoe. Kei Nishikori also eliminated Donald Young

Nick Kyrgios, though, had to withdraw with a hip injury.

Today will also see John Isner finally make his debut against Noah Rubin with the winner returning for a second match later in the day.

Shapovlov battles Nishikori and Tiafoe tests Goffin.

In Los Cabos, Juan Martin del Potro opened play there with a 7-5, 6-3 win over American qualifier Marcos Giron.

“It was a tough match for sure. I didn’t expect to play this difficult of match against a 400 player but he did really good. We played a great first set but then in the end, I took my chances to close the match in two sets, and I’m glad for that,” del Potro said.

Next for del Potro is Egor Gerasimov who shocked defending champion Sam Querrey 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(6).

And in the final clay event on the calendar in Kitzbuhel, Dominic Thiem was bounced by qualifier Martin Klizan 1-6, 6-1, 7-5.

“The first set was really bad, but then I played better,” said Thiem. “Sets two and three were okay, [but] it’s very bitter for me. The atmosphere was great in the stadium today, there were some good rallies. It could have been a great start into the tournament, but losing it in the end is very disappointing.”

Post-French Open, Thiem is just 3-4.

The tournament has already lost its top 4 seeds after Philipp Kohlschreiber, Robin Haase and Fernando Verdasco all fell on Wednesday.


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26 Comments for Murray Edges Edmund In Washington; Del Potro Opens Win Win in Los Cabos; Thiem Tumbles On Clay

RZ Says:

Yay for Andy!
Boo for Thiem! (Paging Dom: WHY HAVEN’T YOU BEEN TAKING THE LAST 2 WEEKS OFF????)

And why is Klizan a qualifier? He is too talented to be ranked so low.


Humble Rafa Says:

Real men don’t edge other men.


Hannah Says:

Brilliant Andy! Now can we have a replay of much the same tonight, only a bit shorter please, for the sake of my nerves – and your energy-stores!


j-kath Says:

RZ: Says:
“And why is Klizan a qualifier? He is too talented to be ranked so low.”

Klizan wants to show solidarity with Andy…….Ahem!


RZ Says:

J-Kath – I’m all for the solidarity! But it’s not good for Klizan’s career. In 2012 he was given ATP’s newcomer of the year award. Hasn’t had much to show for it since then, besides an occasional upset (usually on clay)


j-kath Says:

RZ: I suppose my tendency is that if one is not in a position to help there is little else left but to lighten the picture and reduce expectations in line with what appears to be lack of player aspirations.
Sadly there are others with ability – when focused – who could achieve their perceived potential e.g. Kygrios springs to mind.


Humble Rafa Says:

I printed out Sir Lady Forehand’s picture in this column and have it on my wall to remind me that I must dress as a gentleman at all times.


Colin Says:

This tournament is going beautifully for Andy. Each opponent so far has provided just enough opposition to test him but not quite enough to beat him. Of course the further it goes, the sterner the test will be, but it really doesn’t seem too extravagant to say he might even win the tournament.

One thing makes me envious of Andy. He always drinks loads of fluid during a match, so he must have a damn strong bladder!


j-kath Says:

Colin: The match was so late folk here in the UK and elsewhere didn’t see it….comments on the BBC thread from fans (and haters) reveal Andy was very emotional at the end. Andy lost the first set but didn’t fold which speaks of his stoic determination – let’s hope it doesn’t drain him at the same time,

What do you assess Andy’s next opponent? – think its Alex de Minaur.


Mira Andi Says:

Congrats Andy for winning another classic match!…But,once again stupid scheduling interfere!…I don’t understand why the organizers didn’t start the match earlier considering there’s 2,3 matches that cannot be completed last nite due to rain…They should start at 12am at least imo…knowing that men’s match tend to go the distance..It certainly will jeopardize Andy chances now when he finished he’s at 3am…And Alex finished trillion hrs earlier…Urgh!!

Andy have a right to feel angry or bitter…


j-kath Says:

A-M: Evidently, Andy has lodged a complaint.


Colin Says:

Latest news says Andy is considering withdrawing from the
de Minaur match, as he has so little time to prepare for it. On the BBC website this news was met by the usual gaggle of keyboard warriors saying tennis is not real work, and Andy’s post-match tears were absurd. He should “man up” they say.

Yes, there are many overtired people “manning up”, such as doctors and other health workers, and they should not have to do it because it puts patients at risk. In the case of ambulance drivers, it puts everyone on the roads at risk.

Andy’s tears are justified. He loves tennis, and it has made him a millionaire, with good consequences for him and his family. To risk setting back his physical recovery would be absurd.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah JK…I read that…And like i said earlier,Andy has every right to complain…Organizers knew what kind of weather they’re dealing with…Start the match early,8,9am.. coz they’re also has to contend with women’s as well…I think men’s tennis didn’t start before 3:30/4:30pm Washington time…That is really late for 11 matches need to be done…

Btw…For those who complained about Andy’s crying…He’s not crying for bad scheduling or finishing late…but he’s crying for the suffering/pain & frustration for the past 2 years…Those critics who should open their mind & think deeper…


Margot Says:

So kind of Andy to be playing at a time when I was able to watch….;) So happy for him and so proud of him. He was in tears at the end. What a long, hard road he’s travelled.
However, clearly he won because AM and I watched and RZ didn’t…;)
Well done Andy! Keep going and hope this long, hard road gets easier.


Daniel Says:

Murray has a real shot atreaching finals, And there will be his final test this weak: Zverev, Nishikori or Goffin.

Hope he reaches at least finals.


AndyMira Says:

Hahahahaha!…Yeah M!…Poor our sis RZ!Hehehe…

When i see Isner got bundled out earlier by Noah,i was so happy coz that means Andy maybe has an easier path to the final..but when he finished at 3am,with another gruelling 3 sets…Urgh!..my hope doomed!…But,that’s okay!…Imo,this week certainly very positive for Andy…Hope he will get better & better in Toronto/Cincy/USO…C’mon Andy!!…Bring it on!!


j-kath Says:

Margot: Presume you just finished breakfast now after having been up all night doing your bit to support Andy – what a stalwart you are.

PS: Will he withdraw?


Margot Says:

Wasn’t all night session Kath. Match must’ve started round about 5ish? I tuned in just as he’d lost the first set so I saw second two sets. Match finished 8ish.


Margot Says:

AM: I was right, again, again, again….how tedious ;) about Chung. Not sharp enough yet.
Yes, it was so good to see Andy’s serve much improved, some magic from his back hand but most of all that wicked ROS in action again. YAY!


j-kath Says:

Well done Margot….am posting article below – not that tells us a lot that we don’t already know – but I enjoyed the composition and presentation of info…..and it kinda touches the heart….(something RZ + A-M might like too).

https://www.tennis365.com/atp-tour/why-andy-murrays-emotions-were-so-raw-and-how-his-latest-win-affects-his-ranking/


RZ Says:

M and AM – it’s easy not to watch when the match keeps going after midnight my time. I checked the score to see it was 2-2 in the 3rd, but had a good feeling about Andy coming through. (I don’t feel as good about his prospects about his next match, if only because it’s now been 3 long matches in a row and he finished at 3am). The great news is that Andy is showing the “refuse to lose” attitude that got him to #1. It’s a long road and he may never reach #1 again, but he’s moving on up.


RZ Says:

Thanks J-Kath. I think the tears may also have been due to the fact that he should have won that 1st set tiebreak and have been done with the match much sooner. But it wouldn’t be Andy if it wasn’t a rollercoaster


AndyMira Says:

Yeah M!…U were right about Chung today,but u’re also wrong about him when u picked Paire instead of him!Ohohohohoho!!…Btw Boss!…Earlier congrats for being Top of our group now…My guess,match between kei/sascha tomorrow will determined who will be the winner come sunday…


AndyMira Says:

RZ…Yeah!…There’s so many positive things that we can take from Andy’s game…I think that’s why many Bracketeers picked him going deep this tourney knowing his quality..sure,he maybe lacked match fitness or stamina but his mental strength @ other quality still like the old Andy that we used to know…


Margot Says:

Thanks Kath, great from Ben R and lots of fab comments via the twitter feed.
AM: Yeah but..but…I did say if Paire keeps his head in order he and, if you saw that incredible racquet bashing meltdown, he clearly didn’t!


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