Olympic24: Murray reaches second consecutive Grand Slam doubles semi

Olympic24: Murray reaches second consecutive Grand Slam doubles semi

09 September 2015 / 07:02
Jamie Murray reaches US Open doubles semi-final with partner John Peers on the same day he is named in Great Britain team for Davis Cup semi-final. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.
  • Jamie Murray and John Peers sees off fourth seeds Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 at US Open.
  • Andy Murray and Johanna Konta reflect on their singles exit at Flushing Meadows
  • GB team named for forthcoming Davis Cup semi-final versus Australia in Glasgow
  • Chris Froome a doubt for World Road Cycling Championships following injury picked up in Vuelta a Espana
  • Owain Doull highest placed Brit after three stages of Tour of Britain
  • Judoka Andy Burns relishing Glasgow return

Murray marches on in US Open doubles

Jamie Murray made it back-to-back Grand Slam semi-finals after he and Australian John Peers beat the fourth seeds at the US Open.

The duo, who were runners up at Wimbledon this year, got the better of Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic 3-6 6-3 7-6.

They will now face Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey or Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa.

They could yet be joined by further British representation too with Dom Inglot playing his quarter-final alongside Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt later today.

Their opponents, sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, are the only pair left in the draw ranked higher than Murray and Pees.

"The guys that are left in are all top teams, so I don't really think the seedings play that much of a part," said Murray.

"We got to the final of Wimbledon and it was a great run for us - I guess you get that hunger to do it again, and a couple of months later we've got the chance to get back to the final."

Murray reflects on ‘tough’ US Open exit


Andy Murray’s hopes for a second US Open title may be over for another 12 months but he admits it’s his failure to extend his impressive record of reaching the latter stages of a Grand Slam which will be harder to swallow.

Not since 2010 has the British number one failed to appear in the last eight at tennis’ four major events.

However, that run came crashing to an end in New York last night as he fell to a 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 fourth round defeat to big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

"That's obviously something that is disappointing to lose,” said Murray over his Grand Slam record.

"Many years' work have gone into building that sort of consistency. To lose that is tough.” Read more here.

Countdown to Davis Cup semi-final picks up pace


Leon Smith has called on his Great Britain players to keep the momentum rolling against Australia in this month’s Davis Cup semi-final.

On Tuesday Great Britain announced the five-strong team which will be hoping to reach the final for the first time since 1978.

Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray, James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Dom Inglot have all been named ahead of the clash at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow from September 18-20.

"I'm delighted to name the five players for the match against Australia. Once again the team will be spearheaded by Andy Murray who has shown incredible dedication and passion to the team in recent ties," said Smith.

"After the fantastic performances of all of those involved in our campaign this year, we carry great momentum going into the tie.

"However, we know the test ahead of us and the Australian team have some incredible talent that is worthy of a Davis Cup semi-final.

Froome appearance at World Champs ‘unlikely’  


Britain’s Chris Froome participation in this year’s World Road Cycling Championships looks in doubt due to injury.

The two-time Tour de France winner is off the bike currently after breaking his foot racing in the Vuelta a Espana.

He had been included on the British squad long list for both the road race and time trial at the World Championships in Virginia from 19-27 September.

But Team Sky principal Sir David Brailsford admitted Froome is facing a race against time.

“It looks unlikely. The fracture will take a while to heal,” he said.

Doull leads British charge

Owain Doull is the highest placed rider from the home nations after three stages of the Tour of Britain.

The 22-year-old Welshman, riding with the Team Wiggins outfit, finished in the sprint group to keep within 14 seconds of the overall lead.

Juan Jose Lobato holds the yellow jersey while the stage victory went to Team Sky’s Elia Viviani for the second time this year.

Burns excited to compete in Glasgow again

Andy Burns intends to step up his bid to qualify for Rio with a strong showing on home soil at the Glasgow European Judo Open next month.

Twelve months ago, Burns medalled on home soil as he picked up men's 90kg bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Since then he has been busy accumulating vital qualification points including winning silver at the European Open in Minsk and bronze at the San Salvador Pan American Open and currently sits 43rd in the Olympic qualification standing.

"There is a lot of pressure, pressure that you put on yourself that you want to qualify for Rio,” he said.

"I guess it is a good and a bad thing, that the ranking list is continually changing, whether you're in the to go group or not, dependent on what happens each weekend you drop into qualification, you drop out of qualification, it's nerve racking."

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