Novak Djokovic, Bercy Masters 2015

I spent a few days in Paris last week for the BNP Paribas Masters, the ninth and final Masters 1000 event of the season. Novak Djokovic captured the title, dispatching Andy Murray 6-2 6-4 in the final. Enjoy my pictures and recaps of day 1 to day 4.

Andy Murray at the BNP Paribas Masters

I didn’t manage to get Davis Cup final tickets, so I was eager to watch this third round match between Andy Murray and David Goffin. But there has been problems all week to enter the stadium – players scheduled first on centre court must be thrilled to play in front of hundred people – and when I finally managed to reeach the court first set was already over!
No idea what happened to Goffin, perhaps he was still asleep, but Murray destroyed him 6-1 6-0 in under an hour. There’s really not much to say about the match because it seemed there was only one player on the court. The highlight of the game occured when a ball girl hit Murray with a ball. The Scot later said jokingly that perhaps she doesn’t like him, and this little convo ensued on twitter:

Murray will next face Richard Gasquet for a place in the semifinals.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray
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Pablo Andujar

Lacoste presents its players outfits for the last Slam of the year.

Roland Garros 2015 semi-finalist, Timea Bacsinszky:

Lacoste 2015 US Open outfits

Lacoste 2015 US Open outfits

French number one Alizé Cornet:

Lacoste 2015 US Open outfits

Lacoste 2015 US Open outfits

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British Davis Cup team

What a memorable Davis Cup weekend, with some massive performances by Andy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt.

Great Britain – France: 3-1

Gilles Simon defeats James Ward 6-4 6-4 6-1
Andy Murray defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-6 6-2
Andy and Jamie Murray defeat Nicolas Mahut/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-1
Andy Murray defeats Gilles Simon 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0

One more disillusion for the French team after their defeat in the final last year. Despite 3 top 20 players in their team (Simon, Tsonga and Gasquet), they could not beat Team GB at Queen’s club this weekend. Andy Murray won three matches in as many days to propel Great Britain into the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 34 years.

Australia – Kazakhstan: 3-2

Mikhail Kukushkin defeats Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-3 6-3
Aleksander Nedovyesov defeats Nick Kyrgios 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-4
Sam Groth/Lleyton Hewitt defeat Andrey Golubev/Aleksander Nedovyesov 6-4 7-6 6-2
Sam Groth defeats Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 7-6 4-6 7-6
Lleyton Hewitt defeats Aleksander Nedovyesov 7-6 6-2 6-3

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios were respectively 3 and 4 when Lleyton Hewitt played his first Davis Cup match back in 1999. And this weekend the soon-to-retire showed them how the job has to be done. After the surprising defeats of the young guns, Groth and Hewitt won the doubles on Saturday, and on Sunday Sam Groth levelled the tie against Mikhail Kukushkin. Hewitt then defeated Nedovyesov in straight sets to complete Australia’s first 0-2 comeback since 1939.

The Emirates Arena in Glasgow is the favourite to host the much anticipated semi-final clash between Great Britain and Australia, that will meet for the 13th time, with the Aussies leading 8-4 and having won the last three.

Andy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt are ready to rumble:

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David Goffin Wimbledon outfit

Thanks to Lacoste, a look at the kits Lacoste players will be wearing at Wimbledon next week:

Alizé Cornet:

Lacoste Wimbledon 2015 outfits

Elena Vesnina:

Lacoste Wimbledon 2015 outfits

David Goffin:

Lacoste Wimbledon 2015 outfits

John Isner:

Lacoste Wimbledon 2015 outfits

Jérémy Chardy:

Lacoste Wimbledon 2015 outfits

Pablo Cuevas:

Lacoste Wimbledon 2015 outfits

Roberto Bautista Agut:

Lacoste Wimbledon 2015 outfits

Photo credit: Christophe Berlet for Lacoste

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