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Below-par Murray keeps Brisbane dream alive

Posted 01-04-2013 at 09:19 AM by Philip Oliver
Andy Murray's unconvincing start to the 2013 season continued as he struggled past Australian qualifier John Millman in the first match of his Brisbane International title defence.

The top seed and defending champion began his year with a 6-1 5-7 6-3 victory over Millman, but must improve if he is to wrestle the Australian Open crown from Novak Djokovic – who is overwhelming favourite to retain his title according to tennis betting news writers.

Murray, who lost to...
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Djokovic could make history in Melbourne

Posted 01-02-2013 at 01:19 PM by Philip Oliver
Novak Djokovic recently revealed his early-season schedule to the delight of fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the tennis legend as he strives to reclaim the world number one status in 2013.

Djokovic starts his campaign relatively easily, playing in an Abu Dhabi exhibition event before flying to Perth to partner Anna Ivanovic in the Hopman Cup. He has a relaxed schedule ahead of the Australian Open, a factor many fans at http://betting.betfair.com/tennis/au...-open-betting/ claim...
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Lendl is the key for Murray

Posted 01-02-2013 at 01:15 PM by Philip Oliver
It may seem self evident but the addition of Ivan Lendl to Andy Murray’s entourage as his coach has transformed the player into a world-beater. Since the former eight-time Grand Slam champion joined forces with the Scot in 2012, Murray has played like a player transformed.

An Olympic gold medal and a first grand slam title – the US Open – have both come in the 25-year-olds most successful year. But more importantly, both honours have been achieved with the iron faced Lendl looking...
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Nadal ready to start winning again

Posted 12-31-2012 at 01:40 PM by Philip Oliver
Rafael Nadal wants to make it a hat-trick of titles when he makes his long-awaited return from a knee injury at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi at the end of December.

The injury-plagued Spaniard has not featured since suffering a partial tear of the patella tendon in his left knee in the summer. His last appearance came in a shock second-round defeat by Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon.

Nadal returned to the practice court for the first time in over five...
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Tim tips Andy for greatness

Posted 12-31-2012 at 01:36 PM by Philip Oliver
Former British number one Tim Henman believes the stage is set for Andy Murray to dominate men's tennis in 2013.
Murray enjoyed his breakthrough season in 2012 – winning Olympic gold at the London Games before claiming his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in September. He defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller to become the first British male to win a major in 76 years.

The Scot is expected to build on his success and become a multiple Grand...
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