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Emma Raducanu the "most exciting player on both tours"

Andy Murray's fitness expert Matt Little told Telegraph Sport that the US Open champion is facing a winter of slow and arduous endurance work (Author: Gardener)

Emma Raducanu goes through a four-week winter training block How does Emma Raducanu start her off-season? By booking a vacation for the first time in seven years. In tennis, winter heralds the dreaded training block. The length of this Sisyphus exercise varies from player to player, but Raducanu has spoken of a four-week commitment. We're not talking about forehand and backhand here; more deadlifts and sit-ups while trying to improve her athletic performance. But the key figure will be Gareth Shelbourne, her fitness trainer since she was 12 and a man who has already put her on the right track. As Andy Murray's longtime fitness trainer Matt Little told Telegraph Sport this week, "I think Emma Raducanu is the most exciting player on both tours in terms of the way she uses her physicality on the pitch." Little knows all about training blocks as he has been organizing Murrays for years. So while the rest of the season revolves around grooming, physio and massage, this is the time for gruntwork. From Little's point of view, it is practically meaningless to say that a tennis player is “not fit enough”. But the only trait he looks at first is leg strength. “Last year we all hooked up to Catapults in the Battle of the Brits,” Little said of the biometric sports bra devices, “and we could see the intensity that players like Andy and Kyle Edmund put on their legs. “The special thing about Emma is the way she uses her body with every shot and tightens her legs by throwing herself into the movement. Look at the height it takes off the ground on impact. Check out the depth she gets in her squats as she bends over to hit the ball on half volleyball. I'm not saying she's the strongest or the fittest, but from a qualitative point of view I love to watch her and how she uses her physicality. Raducanu had to work hard to keep up her hyperactive movements and she was unable to keep up the exertion until the end. In the middle of the crucial set in that two and a half hour barn burner, both women began to flag. "I haven't done a lot of work compared to these other girls who have been touring for ten years," she said in August. “I think that's definitely a big gap in my game and since then I've only been working on getting stronger physically and having better endurance.” Emma Raducanu has lagged behind older rivals when it comes to fitness work, it's time to do them Increase the work rate in order to achieve a sudden change in physical condition. But Little warns that the process needs to be carefully calibrated. "he said. Murray himself was guilty of overtraining five years ago during an infamous brutal block in Miami. After establishing himself as the world's number one last November, he started the new season with a number of ailments: Shingles, multiple bouts of flu, including a ruptured elbow tendon, and finally the arthritic hip that nearly ended his career. "I don't think Andy would be the number one long, slow, heavy lift to build strength and endurance for a single week," Little explained. "It's eight-hour days, maybe five and a half, six days a week. There has to be some recovery time or your athlete will collapse. And then, when you move towards the end, you move around the court more and look for it." Sharpness and speed. ”There are different ways to measure the progress of an athlete: force plates, timing gates or cardio sessions in the laboratory on the run band or the exercise bike. But with the same sessions happening over and over again, it's easy enough to get a feel for whether you're improving. Murray spent a lot of time on the running track, doing 400-meter sprints. Patience is just as important as commitment - a point Little made in his self-help fitness book The Way of the Turtle this summer. "It's a long-term process," he said. “You don't expect your player to be physically complete by the age of 20 or to solve every problem at once for an off-season. For five, six, seven years you practice constant exertion and climb step by step until you reach this peak in the mid-20s. And when you take care of all of those important parts of a tennis player's body - the rotator cuff in the shoulder, the torso, the lower back, the small muscles around the hips - one hopes to keep them off the sick list. ”Beltz may receive the entire one right now Advertisement after Raducanu confirmed his appointment Tuesday night. But Shelbourne will likely have the bigger impact on their second season - at least in the early stages. Matt Little's book - The Way of the Tortoise: Why You Have to Take the Slow Lane to Get Ahead - was published in June by Michael O’Mara. released

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The former world number one women has voiced her "greatest fear" about Emma Raducanu's career

The former world number one has raised concerns about the future career of the US Open champion (Author: Gardener)

As is usually the case when a young athlete steps into the spotlight, the world hasn't stopped talking about Emma Raducanu. Since winning the US Open in September, the 18-year-old has risen rapidly through the world rankings and is now the new British number one. She made history in Flushing Meadows by becoming the first ever female qualifier to win a Grand Slam title. Since her historic victory, Raducanu has signed ambassadorial deals with Dior and Tiffany and has attended lavish events such as the Met Gala and a homecoming party where she played doubles with the Duchess of Cambridge. She is also regularly praised by tennis icons Andy Murray and Tim Henman. Raducanu has been under serious scrutiny since her return from New York - especially after her early departure from Indian Wells, the Transylvania Open and most recently Upper Austria Linz. England men's rugby team head coach Eddie Jones recently made a cursory comment on Raducanu and how outside distractions can affect performance. "There's a reason the girl who won the US Open didn't do so well after that," he said. Jones' comments have received widespread backlash and former tennis star Justine Henin is the latest to endorse the teenager. "Everything went very, very quickly here within a few weeks, between Wimbledon and the US Open," she told Eurosport. "After that there will be a lot to digest. Of course she's in the spotlight now, and she has to deal with that. If you win a Grand Slam, especially if you surprise everyone out of nowhere, that raises a lot of interrogations." Public to “give Raducanu time” in these months after her first major title. The world number one also expressed concern about Raducanu's career: "We have to give this player time because she will have a lot to do, especially her image." said the Belgian. "In general, we are in a society where you have to deal with your image more and more. Even if I try to be a little distant personally, I had to play the game during my career. Henin gave to that she feels. “Fear” for the younger tennis players who have difficulty managing their image on and off the pitch Energy, because that's where the sponsors' income is, of course you have to s play the press game and that's perfectly normal. "

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Evans in the quarterfinals of Stockholm

Brit Dan Evans is in the quarter-finals of the Stockholm Open and Andy Murray will try to join him there on Wednesday. (Author: Gardener)

British number two Dan Evans reached the Stockholm Open quarter-finals after passing a test encounter with Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Fourth seed Evans, 31, who had consecutive first-round outcomes in his two previous events, recovered from a breakdown in the first set and won 7-6 (7-5) 6-2. The 34-year-old Scot, who is attending his last event of the year, said the 20-year-old Italian Sinner was "one of the best players in the world". "Yes, he's obviously young, but he's in the top 10 in the world," he said. "I think indoor hard courts are a good surface for him. He has won a number of tournaments on these courts, so it's a good game for me to play at this stage of the season."

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Andy Murray wins title and meets Novak Djokovic

Tennis - Andy won the 13th Masters 1000 crown in Shanghai in 2016 and won 54 of the last 59 matches (Author: Gardener)

In 2009 Nikolay Davydenko won the first Shanghai Masters title and after that everything revolved around Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Andy took the trophy in 2010 and 2011 and returned in 2016 for the third crown. He defeated the first-time Masters 1000 finalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7: 6, 6: 1 in one hour and 37 minutes. Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka lost before the quarter-finals, and it should have been the fight between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, as in the entire 2016 season. Still, Andy was a player to beat in the second half of the season. He won nine tournaments and ended the year with 24 wins in a row and the year-end No. At the start of the Shanghai campaign with three sovereign victories, Murray was broken four times in the semifinals against Gilles Simon. Still, he finished the game in straight sets after an excellent return performance and had an open road to the title when Roberto Bautista stunned Agut Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. It was their third encounter and the third win for Andy, who broke the resistance of his rival in the second set and sailed towards the title, his 13th at Masters 1000 level. We saw six straight holds early in the game with no chance of returning, with Andy breaking a 3-3 break to move on after Roberto's backhand error. The Brit stopped after a serve to extend his lead to 5-3 and had three target values ​​in the tenth game to bring the opener home. Bautista Agut fought them off and broke back with a forehand winner to level the score at 5-5, extend the set and get a massive boost. Carried by this momentum, the Spaniard fired another forehand winner in Game 11 to move forward, forcing Andy to serve to stay on the set. Like a true champion, Murray fired four winners to initiate a tie-break and scored seven points in a row to win him over with a return winner after a grueling 64 minutes. Andy stopped with an ace in the first game of the second set and broke Roberto in the second game after the Spaniard's backhand error in love. In the third game, Murray sprayed a forehand error to lose the service and recovered a few minutes later to regain control of the scoreboard. The Briton got a break after the Spaniard's double fault, took a 4-1 lead with a service winner and secured another break in the sixth game. Murray went 5-1 over the top after a Smash winner, celebrated his third Shanghai crown and took the 54th win in the last 59 games to close the gap to Novak Djokovic in the battle for the ATP throne.

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Andy Murray beats Viktor Durasovic at the Stockholm Open

The three-time Grand Slam champion was too good for Durasovic, who placed 354th in the first set, but the Norwegian fought impressively in the second, before losing 6: 1 7: 6 (7th). (Author: Gardener)

Andy Murray prevailed against qualifier Viktor Durasovic at the Stockholm Open to contest a duel in the second round with the top seeded Jannik Sinner. The three-time Grand Slam champion was too good for Durasovic, who placed 354th in the first set, but the Norwegian fought impressively in the second, before losing 6: 1 7: 6 (7th). At the Next Gen ATP Finals with the best players of the season aged 21 and younger, top seeded Carlos Alcaraz showed an impressive performance in his opening game. The Spaniard defeated his 18-year-old colleague Holger Rune 4-3 (6) 4-2 4-0, while the runner-up Sebastian Korda by a 3-4 (2) 3-4 (6) 4-0 4- 3 (3rd place) ) 4-0 win over Hugo Gaston. The tournament features a number of innovations, including first-to-four game sets, this year offering on-site coaching, limited medical time off and timed toilet breaks. Sinner and Felix Auger-Aliassime, who would both have been eligible to participate, decided to skip the tournament.

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Andy Murray pulls in Round 2 after defeating Viktor Durasovic

Andy Murray defeated the Norwegian qualifier Viktor Durasovic with 6-1, 7-6 (7) and prepared a second round match with the top seed Jannik Sinner at the Stockholm Open. (Author: Gardener)

The three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray cruised through the first set, but was almost pushed into the decision by Durasovic, who placed 354th. The 34-year-old Briton, who lost seven match points in a defeat against Dominik Koepfer at the Paris Masters last week, saved a target value before he went to the end with his third match point. "He hits the ball tremendously from behind," said Murray of the 24-year-old Norwegian. I was happy to get through in the end because he played very well at the end of the game. "The tenth-placed Sinner, who is chasing his fifth title this year, is waiting on Wednesday. Andy through @andy_murray defeated Durasovic 6-1 7 -6 and is preparing for an R2 match against Sinner in Stockholm! #StockholmOpen pic.twitter.com/qKLp1AjES5 The 20-year-old Italian just missed qualifying for the ATP final on hard court, so it will be a big test for me. " said Murray. Fifth seeded Taylor Fritz defeated Egor Gerasimov 6: 4, 6: 4 and will next meet doubles partner Tommy Paul. Fritz beat his American compatriot two weeks ago, Botic van de Zandschulp, a Dutch player who reached the semi-finals in St. Petersburg, defeated Nino Serdarusic 7: 6 (5), 7: 6 (5) and is next in seventh place . Marton Fucsovics from Hungary.

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Murray prepares the Sinner match in Stockholm

Brit Andy Murray continues his 2021 season with a win against Norwegian Viktor Durasovic in the first round of the Stockholm Open. (Author: Gardener)

MurrayFormer world number one Andy Murray kept his 2021 season going with a win in the first round of the Stockholm Open. The 34-year-old Brit was not worried until Durasovic brought back 3: 3 in the second set and then dug deep to get a third match point in the tie-break. Murray meets Italy's number 10 in the world, Jannik Sinner, in the second round. After a one-sided opening sentence, Murray was tested by Durasovic in 354th place in a more competitive second that lasted more than an hour. In his last game, the Scot had seven match points before losing to the German Dominik Koepfer in Paris and unable to serve his first two against Durasovic. But Murray made sure the drama wouldn't repeat itself when he secured victory on his opponent's serve on the third try. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray has been watched by Esteban Carril, who will join his coaching team next season. US Open winner Emma Raducanu had a short trial session with Carril last month, but the highly regarded Spanish coach is working with Murray in the Swedish capital this week instead. If all goes well, Carril will become Jamie Delgado on Murray's coaching team permanently. So I wanted to try it out and see how it went, ”said Murray, who is still rebuilding his career after major hip surgery in 2019 and a series of secondary injuries. “The last few years have been tough for me and my team.

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Andy Murray's hopeful new coach Esteban Carril can bring him back to the tennis elite

Andy Murray's hopeful new coach Esteban Carril can bring him back to the tennis elite - (Author: Gardener)

Andy Murray is confident that new coach Esteban Carril can help bring him back to the tennis elite. Murray has put the Spaniard on trial, who previously trained Johanna Konta and was wanted as a candidate for Emma Raducanu before deciding to work with Torben Beltz. Carril is with Murray at the Stockholm Open this week and if a judgment can be made on the basis of a game alone the trial pairing seems to be working. While Murray was unable to convert seven match points in his last game against Dominik Koepfer at the Paris Masters in a painful defeat, he made it in Stockholm on the third attempt in a 6-1 7-6 win over Viktor Durasovic. The former world number one has said that if the process is successful, Carril will become his coaching team full-time. And Murray said, “It's another person with fresh eyes, a good reputation, and good experience. So I wanted to try it out and see how it goes. “The last few years have been tough for me and my team. Murray meets number 1 in Jannik Sinner and one of the rising stars of the men's game. About the match planned for the early evening he said: “Sinner played a fantastic season. He loves to play indoor hard courts so it will be a huge challenge for me. "But I still think I still have good tennis in me and I want to try to have more big tournaments." Sign up now for one of the Evening Standard newsletters.

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Andy Murray's hopeful Esteban Carril can bring him back to the tennis elite

Murray has put the Spaniard on trial, who previously trained Johanna Konta and was wanted as a candidate for Emma Raducanu before deciding to work with Torben Beltz. Carril is with Murray at the Stockholm Open this week and if a judgment can be made on the basis of a game alone the trial pairing seems to be working. (Author: Gardener)

Andy Murray hopes that Esteban Carril can help bring him back to the tennis elite. Murray has put the Spaniard on trial, who previously trained Johanna Konta and was wanted as a candidate for Emma Raducanu before deciding to work with Torben Beltz. Carril is with Murray at the Stockholm Open this week and if a judgment can be made on the basis of a game alone the trial pairing seems to be working. While Murray was unable to convert seven match points in his last game against Dominik Koepfer at the Paris Masters in a painful defeat, he made it in Stockholm on the third attempt in a 6-1 7-6 win over Viktor Durasovic. The former world number one has said that if the process is successful, Carril will become his coaching team full-time. And Murray said, “It's another person with fresh eyes, a good reputation, and good experience. So I wanted to try it out and see how it goes. About the match planned for the early evening he said: “Sinner played a fantastic season. He loves to play indoor hard courts so it will be a huge challenge for me. "But I still think I still have good tennis in me and I want to try to have more big tournaments." Andy Murray delivers a showdown with the Stockholm Open top setter Sinner after he fired Viktor Durasovic Andy Murray wasted seven match points in the first round defeat at the Paris Masters Emma Raducanu's season ends with the first round defeat at the Linz Open after fear of injury

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Andy Murray is fighting for victory in the opening round, against Jannik Sinner-Sports News, Firstpost

The injured 34-year-old, who is still trying to move up from his current low ranking of 143, will meet the Italian leader Jannik Sinner in the round of 16. (Author: Gardener)

Stockholm: Andy Murray made a tense tie-break in the second set in the first round of the Stockholm Open on Tuesday to defeat Norwegian qualifier Viktor Durasovic. The former world number one needed three match points and saved a set point in the breaker to 6: 1, 7: 6 (9/7). "It was just a big fight in the end and I made the tie-break," said Murray. "It feels like he's playing better than 300 or so in the world." "Sinner had a fantastic season," said Murray. "He loves to play indoor hard courts so it will be a big test for me." Murray, who plays on a wildcard, is hoping to bounce back this week from disappointment over his narrow opening loss to Germany's Dominik Koepfer in last week's Paris Masters. Against number 354 in the world rankings Durasovic, he was still a hot favorite and raced through the first set. The three-time Grand Slam winner failed in the opening game of the second, but Durasovic fought his way back. He managed to fend off two match points in the tie-break but failed to score a setpoint 7-6 and Murray did enough to seal a tempting encounter with the aspiring Star Sinner.

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