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Andy Murray headlines Great Britain Davis Cup finals team
Andy Murray surprised the tennis world on Sunday by winning the European Open in Antwerp. The Scotsman had been out of the limelight of tennis over the last year following hip surgery. Murray had struggled to regain form and fitness following the procedure and Sunday’s win at the European Open was his first victory in two years. Tennis fans can enjoy Murray’s return to action. The tennis star is expected to return to the courts at the Davis Cup finals in November. The tennis tournament in Madrid will feature Murray alongside captain Leon Smith, Dan Evans, Jamie Murray, and Neal Skupski. The tournament will see Murray compete in the Davis Cup for the first time since 2016. Great Britain last won the Davis Cup in 2015. Great Britain will start the Davis Cup finals against The Netherlands on 20 November and Kazakhstan on 21 November. Despite Murray’s return to winning tennis, injuries could see the tennis star struggle to win further events. Murray has been praised by tennis players and pundits following his win at the European Open. However, the positivity hasn’t carried over to everyone. Swiss surgeon Dr Hannes Rudiger has warned Murray that he faces “catastrophic consequences” if he continues to play tennis. Murray is just 32-years old and still has – barring injury – more years left to play. At least he does theoretically. Great Britain may have Murray in their Davis Cup finals team but they are 10th in odds according to major bookmakers. Spain, France, Croatia, and the United States lead the way in Davis Cup finals odds for the tournament in November. While Murray may not be able to lead Great Britain to success in Madrid, the tennis star is nearing his best once more. Perhaps next season he could be back in his best form. How good was Murray at the European Open? According to stats kept at the tournament in Antwerp, Murry was hitting the ball seven miles per hour faster on his backhand side. Pundits also raved about Murray’s serve and ball toss during the tournament. Both his backhand and ball toss were credited as reasons for his win over Stan Wawrinka. Murray isn’t the only major tennis star set to play at the Davis Cup finals. Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, and Daniil Medvedev will all be competing for their respective countries. This year’s Davis Cup will be a history-making event played at Madrid’s La Caja Magica. Eighteen nations in all will compete for the finals trophy. According to leading sportsbooks, the longest shots to win the finals are the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, and Colombia. Each nation is at 100/1 odds to win the event. Both the Netherlands and Kazakhstan will open the tournament against Great Britain. The Davis cup finals will have a round-robin tournament format with teams playing in groups. The winner of each group along with the following two best teams will advance to the knockout stages. Ties will see two singles matches and one doubles rubber match. They will also feature the best of three tie-break sets.
Lionel Messi habla sobre Neymar
El delantero argentino ha concedido una entrevista en Qatar donde ha repasado pasado presente y futuro dentro de F.C. Barcelona El jugador del F.C. Barcelona, Lionel Messi, ha aprovechado su viaje a Qatar para dar una entrevista a Qatar Alkass, donde ha repasado su vida deportiva pasada, presente y futura, y también aspectos extradeportivos que afectan al club español. El delantero ve con buenos ojos el fichaje de Neymar, y asegura que daría al Barcelona aspectos hasta ahora desconocidos. "No sé si al final fichará o no por el Barça, eso solo lo sabe él. Lo que sí que es cierto es que es un jugador que aporta unas soluciones individuales muy diferentes. Por supuesto que para el Barça sería una incorporación maravillosa". Le preguntaron por el futuro de su hijo, Thiago, y se sinceró al afirmar que le gustaría que fuese futbolista en el futuro: "Por supuesto que me gustaría que fuese futbolista, pero será él quien decida si quiere ser futbolista o dedicarse a otro deporte o hacer otra cosa". Respecto a su pasado, quiso agradecer especialmente a los dos entrenadores que le han marcado en su carrera deportiva, por un lado Frank Rijkaard, quíen le dio un gran empujón y confió en él: "El fue quien confió en mi cuando tenía 17 años. Fue una de las épocas más importantes de mi vida". Por otro lado, Guardiola también confió en él y le ayudó a superarse día a día. Asegura que triunfará en el Bayern de Münich: "Triunfará en cualquier equipo al que vaya, por su manera de entender el fútbol y de leer los partidos". Por último, Messi habló de la eliminación del Barcelona frente al Bayern, y fue tajante: "Fueron mejores que nosotros en los dos partidos. De todas maneras, pienso que el 7-0 es exagerado y que hubo varios factores que nos perjudicaron".