Murray wins in Paris ahead of final showdown!

He is the gift that keeps on giving. Andy Murray topped off another incredibly week in his career by becoming world number one for the very first time and a few days later followed it up with his 43rd career title at the Paris Masters event prior to the World Tour Finals.

I feel like at times I’m on repeat which isn’t a bad thing but he is playing at such an incredibly high level at the moment and it is so good to see at the very top of the men’s game.

I honestly thought during the opening match against Fernando Verdasco it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he lost that match. It was a very tricky match for Andy and I thought at times he looked tired then in the next round he steam-rolled past Pouille and things had settled before you know it he defeat Berdych and Isner on route to picking up the title.

Murray now heads back to London where he will be looking to get to the final of the tour finals and keeping hold of that world number one ranking will be high on priority to finish the season as the top ranked player in the world.

He is on a 21 match win streak, how long can it last?

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Kyle Edmund upsets home favourite John Isner!

Kyle Edmunds exceptional run at the US Open continues. The 22 year old saw off the 13th seed Richard Gasquet in round one and followed that up with a win against Ernesto Escobedo in the second round and yesterday dumped out John Inser in four sets to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the very first time!

Kyle managed to get going quite quickly in the first set and got the first break of serve breaking the big serving American to love in what was a very poor service game from the 20th seed and it set the tone for the rest of the set with Kyle in control and despite a bit of trouble serving for the first set he managed to see it through.

The second set quickly went the way of Isner who broke immediately to get an advantage and the set followed that pattern as Isner quickly leveled up one set each.

Edmund didn’t let that bother him as he quickly regrouped to take the third set 6-2 against the American before closing out a massive win in the fourth set tie-breaker taking the match6-4 3-6 6-2 7-6 and now will face Novak Djokovic in round four and you wouldn’t write off Edmund just yet!

Andy Murray defeats John Isner from a set down in Shanghai!

Andy Murray is through to his 6th Masters quarter final of the year in Shanghai after a three sets win over the American John Isner extended his head to head to 5-0 against John.

There was literally nothing to separate the two players in the opening set and as expected in a match involving Isner the first set went to a tie-break. There was only one mini-break of serve in the tie-break which went to Isner and Murray just couldn’t find a cheap point on the American’s serve as he went on to win the first set 7-6 (7-4).

In the second we saw a much better Andy Murray who went for a few more shots and there just seemed to be an air of inevitability that the Brit would break the serve of Isner with Murray seeing plenty of break point opportunities but Isner got himself out of trouble with some good serving. Murray did get the break in the set with a backhand winner down the line on the fourth ball of the rally and after breaking he didn’t looked back as he sealed the set 6-4.

The third set almost followed the script of the second. Isner was struggling to hold onto his serve with more and more break points in Murray’s favour however the Brit broke at the best time possible as Isner was serving for 5-4 but it was Murray who went up 5-4 and quickly served out the match and head into his 5th quarter final in Shanghai!

US Open 2015 Preview – Roger Federer v John Isner

Getting to the fourth round has been pretty easy for Roger Federer and John Isner with neither player really being tested or dropping a set and I believe they have not had their serve broken either yet this week. The good news is something will have to give as only one of these players can progress to the next round.

Amazingly it has been a while since John and Roger have on the tour with their last meeting being at the 2012 Olympic Games in Great Britain at Wimbledon with Roger winning in two sets and leads the head to head 4-1 against the American with Isner’s only win against Roger being in 2012 at Davis Cup with Isner coming from a set down to beat Federer.

With all respect to John Isner I think the best case scenario for him would be to hold serve and get to a tie-break where he can do damage with his serve. Federer hasn’t really been tested yet and I think Isner can test the former world number one but not to a level where I think he can beat him over 5 sets even though he has done it before. I wrote before the tournament about Federer’s quick style and whether it can win him the US Open. I think we will see more quick tennis so Isner can’t settle into rallies and quick points would suit Federer more. I think it can work against Isner but maybe not a Stan/Andy/Novak over 5 sets.

Could Roger Federer’s quick tennis win him the US Open?

I think Isner should be looking as well for quick rallies. I don’t think he stands a great chance of winning a high percentage of rallies that go over 5 to 7 shots.

I do think Isner will get a set off Federer however I think it will be a win for Roger. He’s playing very well and hasn’t been broken for a while even in his two matches against Novak and Andy in Cincinnati he didn’t have to save one break point!

Caroline Wozniacki defeated in Washington!

For the first time in her career Caroline Wozniacki has lost to Varvara Lepchenko taking their head to head record to 4/1. The Dane looked set for the next round with her head to head record against the American however a match is never won on paper and Wozniacki has suffered another early loss taking her win/loss for the year to 30/14 which isn’t very good for a top 6 player. Since Rome Wozniacki has a win/loss record of 7/5 and hasn’t got any momentum going this year with her 6-4 6-2 loss to Lepchenko.

Other Results – Stanford

Angelique Kerber defeats Ana Konjuh – 6-4 6-3
Karolina Pliskova defeats Kimiko Date-Krum – 7-5 6-2
Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Misaki Doi – 1-6 6-2 6-0 (was 1-6 2-0 down)

Other Results – Washington

Ricardis Berankis defeats Teymuraz Gabashvili – 7-5 6-4
Jack Sock defeats Richard Gasquet – 6-7 7-6 6-4
Alexander Zverev defeats Alexandr Dolgopolov – 2-6 6-2 6-4
Sam Groth defeats Feliciano Lopez – 6-3 6-4
John Isner defeats Vasek Pospisil – 6-4 7-6
Steve Johnson defeats Grigor Dimitrov – 6-3 1-6 6-3
Marin Cilic defeats Sam Querrey – 7-6 7-6
Kei Nishikori defeats Leonardo Mayer – 6-4 6-4

Davis Cup – Day 3: GBR 3-1 USA

Andy Murray d. John Isner 7-6 6-3 7-6 – Great Britain WIN 3-1

It was the big serving American that got the match underway and when he got to 30-0 it looked like an easy start to the match but Murray pegged it back to 30-30 after an excellent passing shot crosscourt but Isner held to lead 1-0. Isner got a couple of points on the Murray serve but the Brit came up with another beautiful passing shot and a couple of aces down the T to level at 1-1. Murray managed to save a number of games points on the Isner serve and cause trouble for him but he managed to hold for 2-1. Isner saw the first break point of the match after a great forehand down the line but couldn’t take it as Murray saved it in style, 2-2. Both players then held serve to love with Murray finishing his game with a lovely drop shot for 3-3. Murray’s second serve was causing him problems and he double faulted a couple of times and Inser pounced on some poor serves from the Brit but he managed to hold for 4-4! Isner served his way out of trouble from 0-15 to hold again for 5-4 putting the pressure on Murray. Murray’s second serve continued to cause himself trouble around about 70-80mph which players into John Isner’s hands and quickly found himself two points away from the set at 0-30 then 15-40 however Murray managed to get to deuce and somehow managed to hold for 5-5. John quickly held from 30-30 after a net cord went Murray’s was for 6-5. Murray managed to hold serve without any trouble for 6-6 and inevitably a tie-break against John Isner. Murray got off to a 3-0 lead in the tie-break after a double fault from Isner and a missed forehand from the American. At the change over an un-returned from serve Murray gave Great Britain a 4-2 lead and quickly found himself 5-2 up. Isner did his bit for 4-5 putting the pressure on Murray to win the tie-break on his two serves and he did winning the tie-break 7-4!

Losing the first set was tough on John Isner who had 7 break points but couldn’t take any of them and Murray started the second set as he finished the first holding comfortably for 1-0. Putting his first set disappointment behind him John managed to hold for 1-1. Murray’s second serve definitely improved in the second set getting a bit more depth and power on it between 90-100moph and looked good for a 3-2 lead in the set. After a couple of good returns from Murray, Isner hit the net putting him 0-30 down on serve but he got it back to 30-30 but Isner then presented Murray with his 1st break point which he took with a sensational lob! 4-2 Murray. Murray then quickly held for 5-2 and put the pressure right back on Isner! Isner did his bit holding to love for 3-5 and now it was over to Murray to serve out the second set. Murray did his bit with no trouble at all and won the second set 6-3 with Murray going off for a toilet break and Isner having a massage on his back.

It was over to Isner to get the third and potentially decisive set underway but he found himself 0-40 down on serve but won 5 points in a row and he held for 1-0. Isner found himself at 30-15 on the Murray serve but more errors gifted the points to the Brit who held for 1-1 as Isner showed his frustration as he couldn’t believe the slightest bit of the ball touched the line from the Murray’s serve. In this third set there was little to separate them as both players were quite happy on serve at 4-4. Isner came under a bit of pressure on serve at 30-30 and Andy thought the next two balls were out but he had no challenges remaining and Isner held for 5-4. Isner pounced on a poor second serve of Murray’s to get to 30-0 with the Brit in a bit of trouble but four serves down the middle of the court help Murray out to hold for 5-5. Both continued to hold serve and just like the first set the third went to a tie-break. Murray was the first to get the mini-break going 3-1 up in the tiebreak on the Isner serve and at the change of ends just like the first set Murray had a 4-2 lead and followed that with an ace for 5-2. Murray then broke for 6-2 and had four match points which Isner saved one of for 3-6 but Murray hit the net for 6-4 but he finished it off with an ace for 7-6 (7-4) and win the tie with Great Britain!

Davis Cup – Day 1: GBR 2-0 USA

Andy Murray d. Donald Young 6-1 6-1 4-6 6-2

The atmosphere in the Emirates Arena was magnificent and it certainly played into Murray’s hand with the Brit breaking after a couple of missed overheads from Young and a double fault and looked very nervous to give Murray a 1-0 lead which he quickly converted into 2-0. Donald Young managed to put his first set nerves behind him and held for 1-2 but still a break of serve down. Murray continued his excellent start and played some phenomenal tennis to break Donald again to lead 4-1. Another faultless game for Murray and was quickly 5-1 with Donald Young serving to stay in the first set. Nothing Donald Young could do was working off at all and Murray again broke him to take the set 6-1 in just 21 minutes.

Andy started the second set as he finished the first, in complete control with another easy hold of serve for a 1-0 lead putting immediate pressure on Donald Young. After an exceptional return of serve from Murray on Young’s second serve the Brit continued to boss rallies and the pressure was too much for Young who double faulted giving Murray a 6-1 2-0 lead which quickly became 3-0 in only 29 minutes. Donald managed end a run of 7 games in a row for Murray and held for 1-3. The American managed to get a bit more involved in rallies but nothing too serious to worry Murray who held for 4-1 from 30-30 with a shout of ‘Come On’ at the end of the game. Despite a good couple of games from Young he failed to build and frustration set it with Murray breaking for a 5-1 lead and serving for two set to love lead and another comfortable hold to win the second set 6-1 in 47 minutes and in the opening two sets only produced 1 unforced error.

Donald Young finally found himself in the lead in a set with a 1-0 lead but made a bit of a difficult go of it after dropping a couple of points from 40-15 but managed to hold. Despite Donald Young holding for a 2-1 lead in the second set he still looked very frustrated which is understandable considering the way he playing the opening two sets. Donald Young’s good start to the third set continued with both players locked at 3-3 and it being the longest set between these two with the others just over 20 minutes. Both players continued to do well on serve with nothing to separate them in this set at 4-4. For the first time in the match the pressure was on Murray with Young holding for 5-4 with his level rising but Murray’s definitely dropping with a fair few errors sneaking into his game. Donald Young did think he got to 0-30 on the Murray serve but was too busy celebrating after he thought he did but the wall was wrongly called it so challenged about 45 seconds after the call and the umpire said to replay point which they did and this time Young did get to 0-30 on the Murray serve and eventually broke and surprisingly Donald Young won the third set 6-4.

Normal service was quickly restored as Murray broke at 1-1 for a 2-1 lead in the fourth set. After letting the third set slip Murray quickly consolidated his break for 3-1 and looked set to give Great Britain a 1-0 lead in the tie. Donald Young did get a bit loose on serve for the first time since the second set but managed to hold for 2-3 from 0-30 down. Murray set up a couple of set points after an excellent lob followed by a smash winner and broke the American for a 5-2 lead and would serve out the match. Murray double faulted to begin with but managed to serve out the opening match giving Great Britain a 1-0 lead.

James Ward d. John Isner 6-7 5-7 6-3 7-6 15-13

After the efforts from Murray it was now over to James Ward who would face a tough test against John Isner the highest ranked American on the ATP Tour. James Ward won the toss before the match and he decided to receive serve to start with. Isner started with a very easy hold of serve for 1-0 without dropping a point. Just like Isner, James Ward held his first service game pretty brilliantly to level at 1-1. Both players continued to hold serve quite comfortably with Ward serving a second serve ace down the T to level at 3-3. Ward managed to get to 15-30 on the Isner serve but the big American managed to find some serves and held for 4-3. The pressure was put on Ward at 4-5 to serve to stay in the set and he managed to do that from 15-30 down to hold for 5-5. Nothing could separate the two on serve in the opening set with the score line being 6-6 so a tie-break followed! James Ward got to a 4-2 lead in the tie-break and a lucky net cord gave Isner the mini-break back for 4-3, quickly got it to 5-4 and found set point with a great forehand and won the first set 7-6 (7-4).

James Ward didn’t let the first set tie-break disappointment at the start of the second set distract him and held for a 1-0 lead despite being pegged back to deuce from 40-15. Both continued to serve well and Ward continued to grow leading 2-1 with his coaching Darren Tandy in the audience having flown all the way from Australia. James managed to save a break point the first of the day after an exceptional return of serve from Isner but the Brit leads 3-2 in the second set. At 4-3 Ward did slip but seemed ok and carried on with Isner holding serve and Ward then taking a 5-4 lead putting the pressure on Isner to serve to stay in the set. After some serve and volley from Isner he found himself at 5-5 in the second set from 30-30. At a time when it was important to hold serve Ward was broken by Isner giving the American a 6-5 lead and serving for a two sets to love lead. Another big serve helped John Isner who served it out for 7-5.

At the start of the second set James Ward gifted John Isner a break point but James managed to serve it out for a 1-0 lead at the start of a set he must win to stay in the round. John managed to stay with Ward at 1-1 despite being 15-30 down and somehow executing a volley winner from the back of the court. James followed that with the most comfortable service game without dropping a point to lead 2-1. A bit opportunity for Ward came at 0-30 but sadly he couldn’t take advantage of the score line and Isner won 4 points in a row to hold for 2-2. At the first time of asking James Ward found himself a break point after a Murray-like cross court winner and then broke for a 4-2 lead! James managed to consolidate the break and found himself 5-2 up against John Isner! James saw a set point come and go as John Isner held for 3-5 putting the pressure on Ward to serve for the third set. James comfortably served it out for 6-3 forcing a fourth set!

For the first time since the first set it was John Isner who got things underway and held well for 1-0. Ward followed that up with an even better service game to level at 1-1 finishing with another lovely drop shot. It was a case of anything you can do I can do better as Isner held with ace after ace for a 2-1 lead. Nothing could separate the two for the next couple of games but James Ward did find a break point at 3-3 but sadly couldn’t convert with Isner holding for 4-3. James Ward then won 4 points in a row from 0-30 and even won a second serve ace at 84 MPH as Isner went the wrong way, 4-4. After coming close to breaking Ward, Isner quickly held for a 5-4 lead putting the pressure back on the Brit. The pressure of serving to stay in the match didn’t hit Ward at all and a very comfortable hold to love levelled the set at 5-5. Just like the second set did the fourth went to a tiebreak and James had to win to stay in the match! James won the tiebreak 7-3 and the stadium erupted with joy.

After the heroics of Ward in the fourth set both got off to a settled start on serve with both holding for 1-1. They was a bit of a scare for James as he fell 15-30 on serve after a poor overhead wide but he managed to see it through to lead 2-1. Both players continued to hold serve well in this deciding set with Ward leading 3-2. John came under a bit of pressure at 30-30 and Ward got the game to deuce after another lob against the man but he held for 3-3. James followed that game with a beautiful hold of serve for 4-3! One of Ward’s shots hits the net at 30-30 giving him break point after Isner couldn’t get it over the net but American saved the break point to hold for 4-4. Another good hold from James Ward gave him a 5-4 lead and Andy Murray on the side line very happy with that! Nothing could separate them and we went to 6-6 but with it being the final set there is no tie-break so we went on…

Both players continued to hold serve well with the tie at 8-8 we started to think of the Isner/Mahut Wimbledon match that went on for 11 hours with Isner winning 70-68 in the 5th. With Isner serving 9-10 down James Ward managed to get to 15-30 on the American’s serve just a couple of points away from the match but Isner looked have saved it but Ward had match point, lobbed Isner and it fell inches long and following that Isner holds for 10-10 with a drop shot. Ward went 11-10 ahead and immediately ran off court for a toilet break! Isner held for 11-11 and Ward had match points but John Isner saved all 5 so far. James managed to hold for 12-11 after saving a couple of break points! Isner then managed to hold for 12-12, when will it end? James then held from 0-30 for 14-13, come on! JAMES WARD did it! He found himself at 0-40 and beat the giant from America!!!