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“Been an Inspiration to Watch”: Casper Ruud Pays Tribute to Andy Murray After San Diego Open Victory

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The second-seeded Casper Ruud outclassed former World No.1, Andy Murray in the round of 16 at the San Diego Open. Murray easily beat Denis Kudla of America in the round of 32, but couldn’t go past Ruud in the following round.

 

 

Murray has been working on his comeback to the tour recently. At the US Open 2021, he put up a spirited performance but couldn’t get past Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round. Murray then competed at Moselle Open in Metz. The 3 time Grand Slam champion lost against the number one seed Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets in the quarter-final.

Casper Ruud hailed Andy Murray
Casper Ruud knocked out the former World No.1 in the round of 16 at San Diego Open in California. Following the straight-set victory, Ruud lauded Murray. In the on-court interview, he said, “On the opposite side of the net from me was a legend of the game for the past decade or so. Even what he’s done now the past [few] years, fighting his way back from a very serious injury, it’s been an inspiration for me”.

He further quoted, “Also for the previous 10, 15 years, he’s been an inspiration to watch on TV the way he fights and always finds a way to never give up. It’s been amazing. It’s been an unfortunate couple of years for him, but it’s great to see him back and I think he was playing at a high level today.”

Despite his incredible triumph, the Norwegian star had nothing but respect for Andy. Ruud is fresh off the heels of the Laver Cup and will face the Italian Lorenzo Musetti in his next round.

Murray wishes to play at Laver Cup 2022
In a recent interview, Andy Murray admitted that he wants to play in the Laver Cup 2022. He said, “I really like the event, I have seen it and I have enjoyed it this weekend. I think it is a good show for our sport. If my ranking allows me to be selected, I will strongly consider participating and representing Europe.”

Even if his rankings aren’t up to the mark, Murray could play at the Laver Cup since three players are chosen as captain’s picks. Additionally, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer also talking about a comeback to the event in 2022, it would be amazing to see all the stars in action together.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas claims innocence after Andy Murray vents anger at…….

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Stefanos Tsitsipas denied bending the rules with his bathroom breaks during his dramatic five-set victory over Andy Murray at the US Open.

Scot Murray, 34, blasted the Greek third seed for the “nonsense” and said he had lost respect for him after Tsitsipas disappeared off court for almost eight minutes at the start of the fifth set.

However, after closing out a 2-6 7-6 (7) 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over the 2012 champion in just less than five hours, Tsitsipas said: “If there’s something that he has to tell me, we should speak, the two of us, to kind of understand what went wrong.

I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines

Stefanos Tsitsipas
“I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, how everything is. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m out there playing the match. It’s not really my priority.

“As far as I’m playing by the rules and sticking to what the ATP says is fair, then the rest is fine. I have nothing against him. Absolutely nothing.”

Murray’s defeat, and that of Marin Cilic, who had to retire at two sets all against Philipp Kohlschreiber, means there is only one player left in the men’s draw to have won a grand slam title – the 20-time major winner Novak Djokovic.

Daniil Medvedev, the second seed from Russia, got his bid for a maiden grand slam title off to a confident start by beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

The 25-year-old roared past Frenchman Gasquet 6-4 6-3 6-1 in less than two hours.

RBA drops just games to advance to Round 2.

Nick Kyrgios won just seven games as his campaign came to an end at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut.

Australian Kyrgios threw in his usual tweeners and underarm serves but Bautista Agut, the unflappable 18th seed from Spain, was too solid as he ran out 6-3 6-4 6-0 winner.

Andrey Rublev, the Russian fifth seed, is safely through after a straight-sets win over Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic.

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Usain Bolt reveals he’s ‘always’ had a crush on Beyoncé and he was starstruck to meet her

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He may hold the title as the fastest man in the world, but even Usain Bolt gets nervous once in a while, especially when it comes to meeting beautiful women. Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on Friday morning, the nine-time Olympic gold medallist revealed that he has a crush on none other than Beyoncé.

The sporting legend revealed his celebrity crush live on Lorraine

“Because I was always a fan, I’ve always had a crush on Beyoncé, so I’ve always had a conversation I would have [in my head] and when I met her I was like [stares open-eyed] ‘hi’,” he told the day time host. “I could tell I was looking at her weird because she was looking at me like, ‘why is he staring at me’. It was fun though.”

President Obama also has an affect on the 30-year-old, who admitted: “When I met Obama that was also massive for me.”

Usain was on Lorraine to chat about his new documentary I Am Bolt, which follows the sporting legend in the 18 months leading up to his historical Olympic triple win in Rio this year.

Talking about his training, Usain revealed: “People always say, ‘you make it look so easy, I could probably do it’ and I’m like, ‘no, no’. So to make people see the work that I put in and the strain that goes in, mentally and physically. I wanted people to see all of that so they could understand me better and to see the work I put in is no joke.”

The Olympic champion also shut down rumours that he was engaged to his main crush, girlfriend of two years, Kasi Bennett, following a heavily hinted Snapchat image of the couple on holiday. The sweet snap was accompanied by the caption “She said yes”, complete with emojis of a bride and a love heart.

“I’m not engaged. Me and my girlfriend, we went on a trip to Bora Bora and we took a picture and somebody edited my Snapchat, and edited it, and it said, ‘she said yes’ with a ring and a mad face and stuff and I was like [shocked face], it was well done though. It was well done, you know what I mean,” he explained.

Despite there being no talk of wedding bells anytime soon, it hasn’t stopped Usain’s mum from hoping she will be a grandmother in the near future. “My mum is pressuring me. I was like, ‘mum just let me retire and I’ll get there,'” he said.

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Unbelievable: Maria Sharapova says she got mobbed in the Olympic village cafeteria

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Many players prefer not to stay at the Olympic village as other athletes tend to get a little star struck at coming face to face with high profile superstars. Maria Sharapova got a taste of this herself when she went into the cafeteria at the Olympic village.

Sharapova is the highest earning female athlete in the world and a global superstar. “I’m usually pretty naïve about like people’s knowledge of me, my career, what I’ve achieved,” Sharapova told the press after her first round win on Sunday in London.

“I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I’ve made in a long time was entering the cafeteria. I didn’t walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn’t sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue.”

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