Murray delighted with ‘brutal’ win in Miami

Updated 02 April 2013
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Murray delighted with ‘brutal’ win in Miami

MIAMI: An exhausted Andy Murray credited his mental strength and physical freshness for his tie-break victory over David Ferrer in the Sony Open final on Sunday after a grueling two hour, 45 minute battle.
“It was a brutal, brutal match. Both of us were kind of on our last legs,” Murray told reporters after his 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 win.
“It was a good job it wasn’t a best-of-five-set match, because I don’t know how the last few sets would have ended up.
“It was one of the toughest matches I have had to play in a Masters Series, for sure,” added the Scotsman who will move to number two in the world, above Roger Federer, in Monday’s latest ATP world rankings.
The match, played at mid-day in South Florida heat and humidity, became a war of attrition with neither player near their peak in terms of shot-making but both doggedly sticking at the task.
“I showed good mental strength to get through that match, because it easily could have slipped away from me,” said Murray.
“It was a big match for both of us, and I think that showed in some of the way that we played.
“We didn’t play necessarily our best tennis. I was up a lot and couldn’t close the match out. Matches like these ones are tough, because, you know, the humidity here is brutal,” added the US Open and Olympic champion.
Murray is acknowledged as one of the sport’s true fitness fanatics, spending his off-season in Miami working out but he said his physical condition at the end of the contest owed more to his scheduling.
“I think just general freshness, really. I think being fresh helped even though the tennis wasn’t great,” he said. “I just managed to get over the line in the end.” Ferrer was left regretting his decision when on championship point, 5-4 up against Murray’s serve, to challenge a Murray shot rather than play it.
The ball was ruled in and the Scot went on to take the game into a tie-break which he won 7-1.
“I chose my decision in that moment. It’s a bad moment now and don’t want to think anymore about that. I want to forget it as fast as possible,” the Spaniard told reporters.
Ferrer’s determined display led Murray to urge greater respect for his opponent, currently ranked fifth in the world.
“I don’t think he gets the respect that he deserves within the game. He’s been in the top five in the world now for at least three years.
“He’s improved his game every single year. That takes, you know, a great attitude to be able to do that,” said Murray.
“Providing his body holds up, he’ll be around the top of the game for as long as he wants or he can, because he’s a very, very, good tennis player and has a great attitude.”


LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a dunk by Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics during Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 28 May 2018
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LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

  • In the first close game of the series — and the lowest-scoring — James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.
  • The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State.

BOSTON: With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not miss. He would not sit out. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.
The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.
In the first close game of the series — and the lowest-scoring — James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.
The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State. The Rockets host the seventh game of the West finals on Monday night.
Jayson Tatum scored 24 for Boston, which was looking to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. Al Horford scored 17 points and Marcus Morris added 14 with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who led 72-71 with six minutes remaining before the Cavaliers scored 15 of the next 17 points to pull away.
James and Horford embraced after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned NBA Finals hats and Eastern conference championship shirts before shuffling off the court to receive their trophy.
It’s not the one they want.
James had to do it without Kevin Love — Cleveland’s only other all-star — who sustained a concussion in Game 6 and was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Green. Making his first start since the first-round opener against Indiana, Green scored 19 points and added eight rebounds — the star of James’ starless supporting cast.
The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March. With the rookie Tatum and second-year Jaylen Brown, Boston established itself as the team of the future in the East.
But the present still belongs to James.
And, for now, that means Cleveland, too.

TIP-INS
Cavaliers: Shot just 2 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half. They made three of their first 22 shots before James and Green connected on back-to-back attempts midway through the third quarter.
Celtics: Paul Pierce, whose number was retired by the Celtics this season, cheered the team on from courtside. ... Rapper 21 Savage was also at the game. ... Boston was 7 for 39 from 3-point range, with Terry Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.