Olympic24: Murray and Watson fall to defeat in Perth
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Olympic24: Murray and Watson fall to defeat in Perth

07 January 2016 / 07:45
Andy Murray and Heather Watson lose in their second Hopman Cup match while Kyle Edmund reaches a maiden ATP Tour quarter-final in Qatar. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.
  • Andy Murray and Heather Watson face an uphill struggle to reach the Hopman Cup final after going down 2-1 to Australia Green
  • Kyle Edmund beats Daniel Munoz de la Nava to reach the Qatar Open last-eight in Doha
  • Mark Cavendish is gearing up for his return to track action at the World Cup event in Hong Kong
  • Tom Daley wins male European diver of the year at the 2015 LEN Awards

Murray and Watson suffer dramatic defeat

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Andy Murray and Heather Watson’s Hopman Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after a narrow mixed doubles defeat to the Australia Green team in Perth.

The British pair went down 6-2, 6-7 (0-7), 11-9 to Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova in the decisive rubber as they lost the match 2-1.

To reach the Hopman Cup final they must now register a big win against Germany on Friday and hope that Australia Green lose heavily to France.

Earlier, Murray was beaten by Kyrgios for the first time in his career, falling 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) before Watson gamely fought back from a set down to see off Gavrilova 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 7-5 which set up the pivotal mixed doubles clash.

However, Kyrgios produced an ace on Australia’s fourth match point to leave Britain with an uphill battle to reach the final.

Edmund marches on in Doha

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Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of an ATP Tour event for the first time after beating Daniel Munoz de la Nava in three sets at the Qatar Open.

Edmund fell a set behind but showed plenty of grit to fight back and triumph 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) – setting up a last-eight clash with world No.6 Tomas Berdych.

The British 20-year-old is currently ranked at 102 in the world but will enter the top 90 next week and can climb even higher with an upset victory over Berdych in Doha on Thursday.

Road to Rio begins in Hong Kong for Cavendish

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Mark Cavendish will return to track for the first time since 2009 as he ramps up his pursuit of an Olympic medal after being named in the Great Britain squad for the final round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong.

Taking place from January 16-17, it is the last major event in the cycling calendar before the Track World Championships in London in March.

One of the most decorated road riders in the history of cycling, Cavendish’s last appearance for his country on the track came at the 2009 World Championships.

The 30-year-old has stated that his goal is to win an elusive Olympic medal at Rio 2016 and is counting down the hours until the meet in Hong Kong.

Cavendish told British Cycling: “It will be my first World Cup on the track for a lot of years I think so I’m looking forward to it.”

Read more about the British World Cup squad here

Daley named male European diver of the year

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Tom Daley was rewarded for his stellar season by picking up the gong for best male European Diver at the 2015 LEN Awards.

Daley enjoyed a successful year which included winning gold in the team event and bronze in the 10m platform at the World Championships while also finishing second in the overall rankings of the FINA Diving World Series.

Jack Laugher finished second in the male diver category while Rebecca Gallantree was third in the female diver list.

Adam Peaty’s three gold medals and two world records at the World Championships in Kazan helped him earn second in the male swimmer category.

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