Metal Hip, More Enjoyment For Murray

After undergoing hip surgery in January, Andy Murray considered it a victory to not have pain when he played with his kids. On Sunday, he recorded one of the most meaningful wins of his career by teaming with Feliciano Lopez to take the doubles title at the Fever-Tree Championships.

“I just won the doubles with Feli, with a metal hip. It’s mental, really,” said Murray. “That’s a cool thing to be able to have done just because of where I was a few months ago. I wasn’t thinking about this… I was really happy to be pain-free and enjoying life, literally just doing normal things. It’s really special. It’s more special than a lot of the singles tournaments that I’ve won for a lot of different reasons.”

Murray arrived at The Queen’s Club with no expectations for results or performance. But the Brit was on song from the first ball as he and Lopez defeated top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the opening round. Another major victory followed in the semi-finals over third seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers before they won the final over Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.

Even though his game proved good enough to beat the world’s best doubles teams at an ATP 500 tournament, Murray believes his form can improve even further.

Andy Murray celebrates at Queen's Club 2019

“In terms of how I was hitting the ball, I think I did okay,” said Murray. “There's things I can do better. I think a lot of it is positioning on the court, like where to stand after Feli has hit a return or where to position ourselves at the net.

“But one of the things that's quite difficult with doubles is that you're never going to find the partner who has everything, and you yourself don't have everything. I have flaws in my game and Feli will have weaknesses in his game. But we used our strengths and complemented each other very well. You need to be able to do that and not get frustrated with yourself."

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez celebrate at Queen's Club 2019

Murray’s competitive streak never wavered throughout the week, but he also displayed a more relaxed attitude by smiling after

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Federer After Halle Win: 'I Feel Young Again'

Shortly after defeating David Goffin to claim a record 10th NOVENTI OPEN title on Sunday, Roger Federer took to social media saying that it’s, “Good to be 10 again”. Coincidentally Federer’s twin daughters, Charlene and Myla, turn 10 in exactly a month.

“I turned 10 before them, they are turning 10 in July,” Federer told media in Halle, cracking a laugh. “I feel young again. Anyway, on the flight and then at home later tomorrow morning, when I wake up, I’ll feel old again. But for now I feel young.”

Federer is 37, but he isn’t playing like it. This is the first time the Swiss star has claimed 10 titles at one tournament, and it’s his third triumph of the year, giving him a total of 102 tour-level trophies.

“Obviously it feels really good. When it was all over… it was the first time I really thought of how it felt winning because I didn’t think I was visualising, imagining how it would feel to win my 10th here,” Federer said. “All of a sudden I was at match point. I wasn’t even really nervous because I felt I had been playing good, I've been so balanced that I was just at a good place. Then, when it was all over, I was just happy.”

It wasn’t an easy run for Federer, who needed three sets to beat former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round and seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals. So he was fully focussed on each match in front of him, and he is only first processing the history he made at this ATP 500 tournament.

“It’s just a really good feeling to have and obviously now with a bit more reflection I think it’s a special moment in my career to win a title for the 10th time," Federer said. “Especially one where I’ve been coming here for so long and have had so much success, the most success of any tournament actually that I’ve played. It feels great. So I’m very, very happy clearly.”

It has been a tremendous year for Federer, who is the first player to claim three tour-level titles in 2019. He also owns a 32-4 record, and his 88.9 winning percentage is the best of anyone on the ATP Tour.

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Murray/Lopez Complete Dream Week With Queen's Club Doubles Title

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez ended their weeks in the best manner possible at the Fever-Tree Championships. The pair saved two set points in the opening set en route to clinching the doubles title on Sunday with a 7-6(6), 5-7, 10-5 win over Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.

Murray was competing in his first tournament since undergoing hip surgery shortly after the Australian Open. The Brit picked up his first ATP Tour doubles title since prevailing with brother Jamie Murray in 2011 Tokyo (d. Cermak/Polasek).

Lopez, who defeated Gilles Simon earlier in the day to clinch the singles crown, is the first player since Matteo Berrettini (2018 Gstaad) to win singles and doubles title at the same event. The Spaniard is also the first man since Mark Phillipoussis (1997) to win both titles in the same year at The Queen's Club.

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Sonego Records First Grass-Court Win In Antalya

Lorenzo Sonego recorded the first upset of the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya on Sunday by taking out eighth seed Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 7-6(11).

The Italian erased three set points in the tie-break at 6/7, 8/9 and 10/11 before scoring his first ATP Tour main draw win on grass. Next up for Sonego is Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran or Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.

Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic didn’t drop serve in his 6-4, 6-3 victory over Spaniard Jaume Munar. He'll play sixth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert or Argentine Federico Delbonis for a place in the quarter-finals. 

Defending champion and fifth seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia will be action in Monday, as will seventh-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi. Top seeds and Roland Garros doubles champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies of Germany also start their week.

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Klaasen/Venus End Kubot/Melo's Three-Peat Dreams, Win Halle Title

Second seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus prevented a three-peat on Sunday in Halle, defeating two-time defending champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 to win the NOVENTI OPEN.

“I’m so happy right now. This is my third title in Halle. This place has proven very successful for me,” Klaasen said. “This feeling is hard to replicate in the world, so I’ll enjoy this for sure.”

Klaasen and Venus, who reached the Nitto ATP Finals in their first year as a team last season, lift their second ATP Tour trophy as a pair, having also triumphed in Marseille last year. The South African-Kiwi duo had lost three of their four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Kubot and Melo, but they battled to a one-hour, 26-minute victory on the German grass.

Klaasen and Venus arrived in Halle with a successful grass-court resume, having advanced to last year’s Wimbledon final. Klaasen also partnered Rajeev Ram to back-to-back triumphs in Halle in 2015-16. The champions showed good form throughout the ATP 500 tournament, reaching the final without dropping a set before rallying past the top seeds.

They lost just four first-service points in the match, and they saved five of the six break points they faced. Importantly, they saved two break points in the second set en route to forcing a Match Tie-break.

“Extremely tough match there. We came through some tough spots in the second set,” Venus said. “We’ve lost a couple finals, so it’s good to get over that little hump. To win here, where Raven’s done well before, it’s a great feeling.”

Kubot and Melo brought a 42-17 record in Match Tie-breaks into the final. But they were able to win just two of their seven service points in the Match Tie-break with the trophy on the line.

“We came up with some very good serves when we needed them. They got out of the gate so fast. Kubi was hitting the ball 100 miles per hour. Fortunately we’ve been there before and we stayed calm,” Klaasen said. “We knew that in order to turn things around, we were going to have to put in a big mental effort and that proved the difference today.

“When it gets to those Match Tie-breaks, if you get off to a good start there’s a good chance you can pull those through. Overall just happy that we had a good game plan and we could execute.”

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My Point: Lopez's New Journey

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on 4 May 2018.

17 October 2002. That date will always be etched into my mind. I close my eyes and I can still put myself there. The memory of my first Mutua Madrid Open back in the Rocódromo in Casa de Campo has not gone away, and I don’t think it ever will.

I was just 21 years old and in only my second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. But I was digging deep against one of the best players in the sport: Andre Agassi. Although I didn't manage to win the three-setter, it was a magical defeat and one of the most special days of my career. The atmosphere was unbeatable and the emotions incomparable. That day, I knew that I was ready to compete with the best in the world.

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It’s been 16 years since legend Manolo Santana gave me that opportunity to fulfill a dream, and my journey continues with a challenge that I am eager and excited to face. In 2019, I will become the new tournament director at the Mutua Madrid Open.

It is a grand responsibility to succeed a legend of Spanish sport like Manolo. He has been an indispensable symbol, bastion and guide for the establishment of this tournament in Madrid, responsible for its annual success and for its integration into the culture of the city.

My admiration for Manolo goes beyond the tennis courts, too. We met when I was just 13 years old. When I started to stand out as a junior, he followed my development and contacted my father. Since then we have maintained a great relationship. He has always looked out for me and showed great interest in my career.

And like he has been a role model for me, he has been a role model for all of Spanish tennis. Manolo became a pioneer for our country by winning Wimbledon in 1966. Simply playing on grass was unthinkable for any Spanish player, let alone winning a title on it. He also won the Coupe des Mousquetaires at Roland Garros in 1961 and 1964, as well as the 1965 US Open. His accomplishments speak for themselves.

I have been lucky enough to share a fantastic relationship with him. Manolo has been the tournament director in Madrid since 2002, and it was not surprising at all that he was quick to lend me a hand, once again, throughout this transition as I succeed him in his role starting from

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