Richard Gasquet, BNP Paribas Masters

The first set between Gasquet and Nishikori was without a doubt the best I’ve watched so far this week, with beautiful rallies and winners from both players. Gasquet had to save a few break points at 5-5, but won the set 7-6(3). Nishikori then received some treatment on court and retired after Gasquet’s double break in the second set. The Frenchman now leads their head-to-head 6-0.

Gasquet, who looked relaxed and happy to play in front of the French crowd, will next face Andy Murray, who demolished David Goffin 6-1 6-0 earlier in the day.

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

Richard Gasquet
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Richard Gasquet, 2015 BNP Paribas Masters

A solid 6-2 7-5 win over Leonardo Mayer for the best-ranked French player. Gasquet, who’s been really playing well lately, will face Kei Nishikori in the third round tomorrow, an interesting opposition of styles!

Leonardo Mayer

Leonardo Mayer

Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet
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Welcome to the 2015 US Open

Enjoy a few pictures from the 2015 US Open, thanks to Shinya:

US Open Tennis 2015

Arthur Ashe Stadium

US Open Tennis 2015
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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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Jamie and Andy Murray

The Murray brothers fought back from a set down to beat Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-1. It was another strange choice by French Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clément to select Mahut and Tsonga who had never played together before, whereas Tsonga and Gasquet are undefeated in Davis Cup. Or why not select Herbert and Mahut who play regularly on the tour together and were finalists at the Australian Open earlier in the year.

Jamie Murray:

“To go out there, play with your brother for your country and to have Leon on the bench who has been a big part of our tennis careers from a young age, it was really special. It was a magic day. Hopefully it puts us in a good position for tomorrow and we will do our best to try to get to three points.”

Andy Murray is expected to win over Gilles Simon (or Richard Gasquet?) and propel Great Britain into the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 34 years.

France Davis Cup team

British Davis Cup team

Andy and Jamie Murray vs Tsonga and Mahut
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