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Andy Murray hints at retirement thoughts after Wimbledon exit to Denis Shapovalov

Andy Murray has indicated that he would consider his future in tennis if he was unable to find better form at Grand Slams than what he showed against Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon in their third-round encounter. Murray came into this year’s Wimbledon having played little tennis after a number of injury issues.

A disappointing show at Queen’s left him with little match preparation for the start of Wimbledon.

And that rustiness showed at times in his first-round match against No 24 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Murray should have wrapped the win up in three sets after marching to a 5-0 lead in the third, only to suffer a collapse in form with his opponent forcing a fourth.

There was even more drama in his second-round match against Oscar Otte as Murray rolled back the years to record a miraculous comeback victory in five sets.

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But both those matches saw Murray spend seven hours on the court through the opening two rounds.

Murray acknowledged in his post-match press conference after losing to Shapovalov in straight sets that spending that long on the courts put him at a disadvantage from the off.

Having played just a handful of matches over the past six months, Murray knew that preserving his body was key to any success he was going to have at Wimbledon.

And the two-time Wimbledon champion also conceded that to challenge someone like Shapovalov at this stage of his recovery, his game would “need to be spot-on”.

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While Murray walks away from Wimbledon – his first appearance in the grasscourt Grand Slam in the men’s singles since 2017 – with plenty of positives.

The 34-year-old also admits that he may well hold discussions on what his future will be if he’s unable to string a run of tournaments together to help improve his ranking.

“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, you know, ultimately didn’t play how I would want and expect, and it’s like is it worth it?” Murray said.

“Is all of that training and everything that you’re doing in the gym, you know, unless you’re able to like practice and, you know, improve your game and get matches and continue, get, you know, a run of tournaments, like, is it worth all of the work that you’re doing?

“You know, there is part of me that feels like, yes, it is, because I had, you know, great memories and stuff from this event and playing in some brilliant atmosphere.

“But then, also, I finished the match tonight and I’m saying to my team, I’m like, That’s just — yeah, I’m just not happy with how I played.

“So unless me and my team can find a way of keeping me on the court for, you know, a consistent period of time and allow me to practice the way that I need to to compete with these guys, then, yeah, then that’s when, you know, the discussions about what I do next will come in.

“Because I have genuinely put a lot into this to get to this point, but I’m not being able to practice and prepare how I need to to perform how I would like at these events.

“Like I said, I’m not expecting and saying, like, I would beat Denis Shapovalov. He’s a brilliant player. But I feel like I can do a lot better than what I did this evening.”

Author: Stuart Ballard
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Andy Murray vs Denis Shapovalov LIVE: Wimbledon scores as Murray loses first set

Shapovalov takes the first set!

Shapovalov* 6-4 Murray

WHAT DRAMA! Shapovalov survives three break points which would have thrust Murray right back into contention for this first set. 

As it turns out, it wasn’t to be. The two-time champion could not quite see it over the line and the Canadian takes a deserved one-set lead. 

Shapovalov 5-4 Murray*

Momentum: regained. Murray holds serve to bring him to within one of the Canadian, although he still has it all to do if he is to take the lead. 

Shapovalov* 5-3 Murray

That’s more like it from Murray! Not many saw that coming, a 40-0 break of serve which gives the Scot a lifeline as he tries to work his way back into this first set. 

Shapovalov 5-2 Murray*

Finally, Murray is back on the board. That is his first game since the very first in the match. The first set now looks to be out of reach for the Scot, but he may as well try and regain some momentum heading into the second. 

Shapovalov* 5-1 Murray

Murray has a good go at Shapovalov’s service game, but he could not quite do enough to knock him off his perch as he romps towards a one-set lead. 

Shapovalov 4-1 Murray*

Even at this early stage, the crowd can sense that Murray needs some extra support. Unfortunately, their cries go unanswered as a series of top-class shots from Shapovalov seal his second consecutive break of serve after a long battle at deuce. 

Shapovalov* 3-1 Murray

Shapovalov really is looking formiddable in the early exchanges. He pounces on his opportunity after the break of serve to take his service game without reply. 

Shapovalov 2-1 Murray*

After racing into a 30-0 lead, Murray lost his grip on the game. Both men sat down as Murray’s miss looked to have handed Shapovalov a break, only to be ushered back onto the court when hawkeye revealed otherwise. 

Still, the result did not change as the Canadian won a superb rally to give himself an advantage here in the early stages of the match. 

Shapovalov* 1-1 Murray

Some extremely eye-catching work from Shapovalov, although he made hard work of drawing the first set level at one game apiece. 

Murray became the latest victim of the court’s slippery surface during a tense battle at deuce. 

Shapovalov 0-1 Murray*

A great start for Andy Murray who storms into a 1-0 lead. The crowd, understandably, are loving it!

(* indicates serve)

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6pm: Andy Murray is hoping the Wimbledon grass, which has caused a number of injuries to players already this week, is less slippy than it has been.

“Yeah, it is slippy. And it’s not – it actually, it felt better today than it did when I played my first match, and hopefully it will continue to get better throughout the tournament,” Murray said after beating Otte.

“But I don’t remember it being quite like that. I know guys, you know, fall down a lot at the beginning of Queen’s, and it happens at Wimbledon, as well. That’s the nature of grass court tennis.

“But it just does feel like the way that players are falling down. Like, there was one where I ran back for a lob, and it was — yeah, it was close to being quite bad. I saw Isner fell and did a sort of similar thing like moving forwards today.

“Yeah, it’s just, yeah, you just don’t want it to be like that. Hopefully it dries out a little bit in the next few days. Some warmer weather I think would help with that. But it’s been a tough few days and a few players have obviously got hurt during matches, and a few have been lucky, me being one of them this evening.”

5.45pm: Good evening and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon clash with Denis Shapovalov.

The Scot needed four sets to knock out 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in his opening match of the tournament.

German world No 151 Oscar Otte then pushed Murray the distance in the second round.

Tenth seed Shapovalov is expected to be a much sterner test than Murray’s previous opponents – but stay tuned to see if the three-time Grand Slam champion can produce another memorable display on Centre Court.

Author: Charlie Gordon
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Dune: 'It's a masterpiece' – Jason Momoa gives first details on Denis Villeneuve epic

Later this year Frank Herbert’s epic hero’s journey Dune will hit cinemas for the first time in over 30 years. A previous adaptation of the story was released in 1984, directed by David Lynch, but was lauded as one of the biggest cinematic disasters of all time due to its scripts and box office revenue. Since then, directors have been reluctant to fall back into the world of Arrakis to fight over the Spice, Melange. Director Denis brings Frank’s vision to the big once again with Jason as Duncan Idaho by his side. The DC Comics actor has now spoken out on the film now it has been finished.

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Jason appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week to discuss season two of his Apple TV Plus show, See.

During the conversation, he was asked about Dune, to which he instantly responded: “It is a masterpiece.

“I have never been in anything of that scope [before]. Denis is a genius.”

The Game of Thrones star also revealed he has seen the finished version of the film.

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Jason told Jimmy: “I got to see it. It was really cool because my kids were up here, and so we got to take them to it.

“The first time I got to see something like that with my kids, it’s a very adult movie, but so beautiful.”

The Aquaman star’s character, Duncan Idaho, is a warrior and the righthand man of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac).

Jason has previously said of the film: “I’ve never worked with action on this scale. Denis is a cinematic genius, and generally, all the action I’ve done has been nowhere even remotely close to Denis.”

Denis continued: “We tried to keep the richness in the movie… humans, we need to earn our destiny in order to change the world. The movie is kind of a call to action for us to change things, especially for the youth.”

Jason also noted: “The cast is massive,” which it is, employing the likes of Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Chang Chen, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin.

Timothée Chalamet plays the hero of Dune, Paul Atreides, an actor Denis has sung the praises of numerous times since his casting was announced.

In the same press conference, the director said Timothée is “by far, the best actor of his generation”.

Denis also pointed out the key reason he cast Timothée into the role is because of his “unique mixture of having such a young look on camera while also still coming across as an old soul”.

He went on to add: “[Timothée] has insane charisma that can be found in the old Hollywood stars of the ‘20s.”

Dune hits cinemas and HBO Max on October 1, 2021.

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Roger Federer means business with classy French Open win over Denis Istomin

Roger Federer entered this year’s French Open having played just three matches since undergoing two knee operations in 2020 and admitting his focus was predominantly on the grasscourt season. But Federer’s presence at Roland Garros was always going to garner attention to see just how well the 20-time Grand Slam champion fares in a best-of-five match.
Against Denis Istomin, Federer may have expected more of a challenge from a player who just three years ago was ranked inside the top 35 players on the ATP Tour.

But the 34-year-old has slipped outside the top-200 in recent years and Federer has never in his career lost to a player of that ranking in a Grand Slam.

Still, there are more question marks on Federer’s fitness in this tournament than ever before and the Swiss tennis superstar has already ruled himself out of challenging for the title.

Instead, Federer admits that he’s hoping the chance to compete at Roland Garros will be the perfect way to warm up for Wimbledon this summer.

In order to give himself the best chance, Federer needs a run of games to improve his match fitness.

And he arguably looked in the best shape he has ever since making his long-awaited return from injury.

Istomin never truly challenged Federer with the 39-year-old dominating the match throughout with his effortless dropshots catching out his opponent on several occasions.

There were some occasions where Federer did appear to walk gingerly, but his confidence was none more so evident than his tweener attempt with the match all-but wrapped up in the third set.

Rolling back the years, Federer almost pulled off one of the best tweeners of his career with the ball just bouncing long of the baseline.

Federer rarely had to get out of first gear to get past Istomin and that may be a cause of frustration further down the line.

Federer knows heading into the grasscourt season that he will need to go up against tougher opposition if he’s to add to his Grand Slam tally.

But for now, he will undoubtedly be pleased with his return to the claycourts at Roland Garros.

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