Andy Murray discusses his tennis future aged just 14
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Alex de Minaur was playfully booed mid-interview at the Laver Cup after defeating Andy Murray prior to Roger Federer’s farewell match alongside Rafael Nadal. The Swiss star confirmed that the tournament at the O2 Arena would be his last as a professional before retiring.
Murray lost 7-5 3-6 7-10 to De Minaur as Team Europe suffered their first defeat of the tournament, as Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas both won their opening games in the afternoon session.
In his post-match interview, the Australian said he also hoped the Team America duo of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock would get a win over Federer and Rafael Nadal, and was jokingly subjected to boos by the London crowd.
He then saved himself though when asked about Federer. “It’s going to be a special match,” De Minaur said as the jeers turned to cheers. “Hopefully you guys enjoy the show and let’s make it an unbelievable atmosphere for Roger one last time.
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“It’s amazing. The atmosphere is just second to none. You guys are going for Team Europe but I appreciate it. I just wanted to get a win for my team and I found a way out there today. I don’t know if there were many tactics out there.
“I had to be ready for a battle, Andy’s a hell of a competitor and he’s done so much for the sport. That’s the beauty of team competition, you get your highest highs and lowest lows and hopefully we can get another win in the doubles.”
Murray struggled with cramp in the second set, as he was taken to tie-break having won the first set against the Australian.
De Minaur did not apologise for delaying Federer’s farewell however, as the Swiss took to the court alongside Nadal after 10.00pm in London.
The 41-year-old was welcomed with a raucious applause by the crowd, as he has for each match on Friday as teams lined up before Murray, Tsitsipas and Ruud’s battles against Team America.
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