The career of 34-year-old Andy Murray is truly exceptional, one of the few players capable of challenging the hegemony of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in their period of total domination: on the showcase he boasts two Wimbledon trophies and one of the US Open, without consider the five finals played at the Australian Open and one at Roland Garros.
Andy has also won an edition of the ATP Finals and won two consecutive Olympic gold medals, the only player to have ever succeeded in such a feat. World number one for a total of 41 weeks, today the Glasgow player is out of the ATP top 100.
Present at the US Open in New York last year, Andy overtook the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in a memorable match in the fifth set, before losing to the young Félix Auger-Aliassime with a score of 6-2 6-3 6- 4. Interviewed recently by The Guardian, Murray revealed: "There are a lot of people telling me to stop playing tennis, which is a sad thing, that they don't want to see me play like that, that I can't stay healthy.
, that I can't do anything, that they don't know why I continue." With a view to Wimbledon, the former ATP number one has decided to take part in the prestigious Queen's tournament, where he will make his debut against Frenchman Benoit Paire (2-0 in favor of the British).
“I say, don't be sad for me!” Andy added. "I like doing this, it was my decision. Nobody forces me. Sport is weird. It seems that people are just waiting for you to retire and stop doing what you love most."
Murray has won the Queen 's Club Championships five times and is the most successful player in the tournament: he did it in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. His last triumph took place against Milos Raonic in the final, matured with a score of 6-7 6-4 6-3.
Roland Garros 2021: Barbora Krejcikova won the her first Slam title!
Barbora Krejcikova won her first Slam title of her carerr by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. Both played the first Grand Slam final in singles in their careers, at the Roland Garros 2021.
The Russian became the first player to reach the last act of a Major after having played more than 50 (52 in total) after winning the semifinals. The Czech, before today, had managed to hit this goal only in doubles, where she has won five times between women's doubles and mixed doubles.
Certainly the memories will be much sweeter and more vivid for the Czech player than for the Russian Pavlyuchenkova, in the opening game, took advantage of her opponent's two double faults, one on the break point, to take the lead immediately.
Unfortunately for her, however, her first will be the only game she will win in the first set. Krejcikova started pushing with more conviction in response and dominating the rallies from the baseline; while the Russian has repeatedly lost control of both the backhand and the forehand in important moments: the first of her cost her her serve in the fourth game, the second in the sixth.
In the second part of the game it was a slap on the fly that shifted the balance. Pavlyuvhenkova nullified a heavy break point with this strike and immediately surprised her opponent in response with a stunning long-winning backhand.
The two players decided to play the same film as the first set but playing the part of the other. The only moment of tension for the Russian came to an end in the seventh game, when she was forced to ask for the intervention of the physiotherapist for a problem in her left leg; a problem that did not prevent her from taking the dispute to the last and decisive set.
The two tennis players kept their serve without problems in the first two games, then Pavlyuchenkova chose the worst moment to hit the first double fault of her game and give her rival the turn to serve. Krejcikova, despite her, did the same and allowed the Russian to record with the forehand.
The break that elects the new queen of Paris is that of the seventh game: Krejcikova bends the defenses of Pavlyuchenkova and launches the winning forehand. The Russian finally closed the match with a forehand that ended over the bottom line.
Krejcikova, thanks to this victory, became the first Czech tennis player to conquer Roland Garros since 1981. Tomorrow Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas will challenge each other in the final of the men's singels: Nole is lokking for his 19th Slam, Stefanos will play his first Slam final.