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Sport Murray to play Barcelona Open

20:20  21 april  2017
20:20  21 april  2017 Source:   skysports.com

Andy Murray joins Rafael Nadal at Barcelona Open after accepting wildcard

  Andy Murray joins Rafael Nadal at Barcelona Open after accepting wildcard Rusty world number one opts for Catalonia over Budapest as French Open preparations continue.The addition of Murray to an impressive cast of singles players already featuring six currently listed inside the ATP's top 20 has been hailed as quite the coup by tournament organisers, who have also secured the presence of top-ranked doubles player Henri Kontinen of Finland.

That loss prompted Murray to enter Barcelona to whip up some form for the French Open following a right-elbow injury. "Feli (Felicano Lopez) uses a lot of slice and variation, (Albert) Ramos-(Vinolas) yesterday is a lefty and today against Dominic, who plays with the kick serve and so much spin.

World No 1 Murray is aiming to win his first Barcelona Open title. The Scot reached the last 16 when Bernard Tomic pulled out of the last round. Lopez is the first player in history play at the tournament 17 times.

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Andy Murray will play next week's Barcelona Open as he bids to reach full match fitness ahead of next month's French Open.

Murray's third-round defeat to Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Monte Carlo Masters was only his fourth match in two months after an elbow injury ruled him out of the Miami Open and the following Davis Cup game between Great Britain and France.

His only tournament win this year came at the Dubai Championship in March after he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Qatar Open final following an early exit at the Australian Open to unheralded Mischa Zverev.

Remaining world number one is 'always hard' says Andy Murray ahead of Barcelona Open

  Remaining world number one is 'always hard' says Andy Murray ahead of Barcelona Open Murray will begin his Barcelona campaign against Dustin Brown or Bernard Tomic on 26 April.The 29-year-old, who is taking part in the Barcelona Open, became world number one for the first time at the end of 2016 as he ended the year with 24 consecutive wins.

The Briton had been scheduled to play just Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros at the end of May. Albert Costa, the Barcelona Open tournament director, called Murray 's inclusion "the icing on a main draw".

world number one looks to build match fitness and clock up clay court time ahead of French Open Andy Murray will play the Barcelona Open in a bid to clock up clay court time He had been scheduled to play just Madrid and Rome ahead of French Open

He also exited Indian Wells with defeat to world No 129 Vasek Pospisil, which was his first loss to a player outside the top 100 in six years.

On Thursday Murray said that he was doubtful about his participation in Barcelona as he was considering focusing on his fitness, saying: "I'll speak to my team a little bit about that. I need to decide now whether I go and try to get matches or whether I try to get myself in better shape physically, put as much work in as I can."

The Briton had been scheduled to play just Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros at the end of May.

He will be joined in Spain by home favourite Rafael Nadal, who will be going for a record 10th Barcelona title, with Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem also taking part in the ATP 500 clay-court tournament.

Albert Costa, the Barcelona Open tournament director, called Murray's inclusion "the icing on a main draw".

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Andy Murray crashes out of Barcelona Open after semi-final defeat to Dominic Thiem .
The defeat was Andy Murray's first ever against the 23-year-old Thiem.A week after getting knocked out of the Monte-Carlo Masters, Murray accepted a wild card into Barcelona and defeated Bernard Tomic, Feliciano López and Albert Ramos-Vinolas to reach the semi-final.

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