Murray on song in Hopman win


Published: Monday 5th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Andy Murray shrugged off his recent shoulder problem to lead Great Britain to a 2-1 win against holders France on the second day of the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The Scot felt pain in his left shoulder during his Mubadala World Tennis Championship semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal last week and was spared from testing the joint when illness forced Novak Djokovic out of Saturday’s final.

Any soreness did not prevent Murray from giving Britain the perfect start as the 27-year-old men’s world number six defeated Benoit Paire 6-2 7-5 in the opening tie of the evening match at the Perth Arena, and he later teamed up with Heather Watson to win the decisive mixed doubles tie.

“It’s a bit sore, if it was my right shoulder it would probably be quite hard for me to play,” Murray told the Hopman Cup YouTube channel after his singles victory.

“I don’t feel it on my ground strokes so much, I feel it when I’m serving. I had an ultrasound scan in Abu Dhabi and it was absolutely clear but it’s still quite sore.

“Hopefully it will calm down. Maybe it’s playing matches again after a little break, maybe I’ve just got it in the wrong position and tweaked something a little bit, but I should be fine.”

Alize Cornet, last year’s female champion, drew France level when she dispatched Watson in ruthless fashion by winning the women’s singles tie 6-2 6-2.

The players took to the court after a 40-minute break to play the tie-deciding mixed doubles match and after Britain won the first set before France levelled by taking the second, the match was decided by a tie-break with Murray and Watson prevailing to earn a 6-4 2-6 10-8 victory.

Earlier in the day, the United States secured a 3-0 win over Italy, with women’s world number one Serena Williams recovering from a slow start in her singles match to lead her country to victory.

Williams was stunned when opponent Flavia Pennetta flew out of the blocks and took the first set 6-0 but, after ordering an on-court coffee to combat jet lag, the 18-time grand slam singles champion took the next two sets to clinch a 0-6 6-3 6-0 victory.

John Isner then gave the USA an unassailable 2-0 lead when he beat Fabio Fognini 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7/4), before teaming up with Williams to beat the Italian duo 6-2 2-6 11-9 in the mixed doubles to record a whitewash triumph.

“It’s miracle coffee!” Williams joked afterwards on the official Hopman Cup website.

“I am a coffee drinker. I didn’t have mine this morning and I was just feeling it, so I just had to get some coffee into me.

“I just asked them to get me a shot of espresso. I asked them if it was legal, because I’ve never done it before.

“I needed to wake up – it’s just the jet lag. It gets you all the time.”

Published: Monday 5th January 2015 by The News Editor

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