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Murray and Djokovic to miss Davis Cup quarter-finals

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Davis Cup: Serbia vs Great Britain
Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade
15-17 July

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, two of the best tennis players in the world set to miss the Davis Cup quarter-finals.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic had pulled out of the tie after his shock Wimbledon third-round exit to America’s Sam Querrey. It was the Serbian’s earliest exit from a grand slam event in nine years.

Djokovic hinted at an injury at the time, but refused to elaborate on the matter.

It remains unclear why he pulled out for his national team in his home town after significant exploits with the squad, having made their breakthrough together and winning the 2009 Davis Cup.

Meanwhile, Murray will sit out the knockout stage event due to lingering effects from his victory in Wimbledon, but has reportedly flown to Belgrade to cheer on his Great Britain teammates.

This was the first time in three years Murray misses a Team Great Britain fixture in the Davis Cup. In his place is Kyle Edmund, who will pitted up against the experienced Janko Tipsarevic in the first rubber on Friday.

“He’s gutted not to be playing,” the team captain, Leon Smith, said. “He loves Davis Cup, he loves this team, he loves his team-mates plus all the support staff we’ve got.”

“All of us are really pumped by the fact that he wants to come out and support the team from the sidelines; it gives us a big boost.”

He also defended Murray’s decision to withdraw.

“Quite rightly he has to look after his body and his mind. He’s got his eyes set on getting some rest and really making a big push for the Olympics, US Open and beyond.”

“I fully understand if he doesn’t end up coming, but if he does it just gives everyone a boost to see your number one player, role model and current Wimbledon champion sitting there.”

Tennis aces carry respective national teams in Davis Cup

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Tennis aces carry respective national teams in Davis Cup

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, two of the best players in the male’s tennis category have carried their respective national teams into the quarter finals of the Davis Cup.

Nevertheless, both did not enjoy smooth paths to victory; each player was forced into rubber games shy of five hours by their opponents. Djokovic even had a further disadvantage in the form of a shoulder injury.

In the match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushin, Djokovic managed 19 aces and 37 winnners but committed 94 unforced errors. He needed 4h hours and 57 minutes to complete the game at 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to pull Serbia level against Kazakhstan in Belgrade.

Viktor Troicki then finished the job for Serbia by beating Aleksandr Nedovyesov in straight sets, winning the game at 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray took 4 hours and 55 minutes to edge past World No 6 Kei Nishikori by 7-5, 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3. His victory allowed Great Britain, the defending Davis Cup Champions to proceed to the quarter finals with a 3-1 tie.

This was impressive as he arguably led his team ahead single-handedly, with Murray winning all of his three matches in three days. He had also taken a long break – this was his first event since the Australian Open and the birth of his first daughter Sophia.

But the rough demands of the game did not get to the World Number two, with Murray revealing a rare, mellow side of himself during the post-match interview.

“It’s Kim’s first Mother’s Day,” he said, “so it will be nice to get to see her this evening.”

“I’ll try to get back for bath time and to put her to sleep – the baby, not Kim.”

Murray will leave Australian Open for early baby

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Andy Murray says that that he would leave the Australian Open early if his wife, Kim, goes into labour early.

The competition is the first Grand Slam of the 2016 season, and it runs from January 18-31 and the baby is due in mid-February.

When the world number two was asked what he would do should his first child came early, he replied “I’m going to fly home.”

“I’d be way more disappointed winning the Australian Open and not being at the birth of the child.”

Murray, a double Grand Slam winner, said the current plan is to compete in the Australian Open and then take February off to spend time with Kim and the baby.

He was speaking while competing in the Hopman Cup event in Perth, where he partnered Heather Watson to a 2-1 win for Great Britain against France.

Murray put Britain ahead when he defeated Kenny de Schepper 6-2 6-2, and then worked together with Watson to defeat De Schepper and Caronline Garcia 6-2 5-7 10-6 in a mixed doubles match that decided the champions tie-break.

Nick Kyrgios wins at Hopman Cup, gears up for Andy Murray

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Nick Kyrgios wins at Hopman Cup, gears up for Andy Murray

Nick Kyrgios would feel in shape with an opening-day win as he prepares to meet tennis World Number Two Andy Murray.

Kyrgios recovered from losing the first set 6-4 to take the next two 6-1 6-4 as he beat German player Alexander Zverev in just over an hour.

The Australian will subsequently play against Murray as Australian Green meets Great Britain on Wednesday.

“I have been looking forward to that for a long time,” he said.

“I’m going to go and do everything I can to physically prepare for that battle.”

Andy Murray had knocked Kyrgios out of the Australian, French and US Opens in 2015.

The 20-year-old was also branded a bad boy, being fined £16,200 for remarks about Stan Wawrinka’s girlfriend last August.