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New British number one Edmund wants ‘legitimate’ Murray battle

LONDON: Kyle Edmund is proud to have become Britain’s top ranked tennis player but the 23-year-old says he would have preferred to have beaten Andy Murray fair and square for the honor rather than inherit it from the injured Scot. While a hip issue has kept Murray on the sidelines since Wimbledon last year, Edmund progressed to his first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open in January and has risen to a career high 24th in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. Three-times grand slam winner Murray, who…

Murray confirms Wimbledon fitness

LONDON: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has confirmed his fitness for this year's tournament after a hip injury disrupted his preparation. The world number one opens his defense against Alexander Bublik, a lucky loser ranked 134, on Centre Court in front of his home fans on Monday. "It's felt much better the last few days," said Murray on Sunday. "I've had hip problems since I was very young. Been very sore the last few weeks. "If I feel like I do today, I'll be fine to play the tournament. I'll be fine to play…

Murray confidence sky high despite final hurdle failures

MELBOURNE: Losing five Melbourne Park finals would leave many believing they were destined to never win the Australian Open title but world number one Andy Murray remains confident that this could be the year he lays his demons to rest. Murray after all, has solid form on the blue hardcourts in Melbourne, where he is arguably the second-most consistent man at the tournament this decade -- after six-times champion Novak Djokovic. The Briton has appeared in five finals at the venue since 2010, the same as Djokovic.…

Murray beats Bautista Agut to win third Shanghai Masters title

SHANGHAI: Andy Murray powered his way to a third Shanghai Masters title by beating Spanish 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(1) 6-1 in Sunday's final to close in on Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings. Bautista Agut beat world number one Djokovic in the semi-final on Saturday but was brought back down to earth by three-times grand slam champion Murray, who converted all his four break points to wrap up the match in one hour 37 minutes. Murray, who won the China Open in Beijing a week ago, is now 915 points…

Murray, Dimitrov advance to China Open final

BEIJING: Top seed Andy Murray cruised past Spain's David Ferrer 6-2 6-3 on Saturday and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov received a walkover into the China Open final after Milos Raonic withdrew due to an ankle injury. The 29-year-old Murray, who is yet to drop a set this week, sealed victory in one hour 31 minutes, his seventh successive win over fifth seed Ferrer. The big-serving Raonic was forced to play twice on Friday, beating Tunisia's Malek Jaziri and Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to the last four and he sustained the…