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Jet Lag May Have Cost Blake Turbo Title

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Andy Murray pocketed £50,000 by winning the inaugural Betfair Turbo Tennis tournament at the O2 Arena.

The 20-year-old beat surprise finalist Goran Ivanisevic 7-4 to claim the winner-takes-all prize pot. He said, "It was awesome. I really enjoyed myself and the crowd were unbelievable. It was a lot of fun playing a tennis match like this."

Tim Henman was to have taken part but pulled out when his third daughter, Grace, was born the day before. Greg Rusedski stepped in to take his place and began the tournament with a low-key bout with Ivanisevic that saw the veterans creak around the court rarely able to return serve at first.

Jamie Murray, the mixed doubles hero of Wimbledon, was next up and disposed of Pat Cash - at 42 a man twice his opponent's age - 7-5 to set up a semi-final bout with his younger brother.

That family matter followed a gripping 30 minutes that saw world no. 6 James Blake, who had earlier tried to rid himself of some trans-Atlantic jet-lag with a nap, fail to get the better of Ivanisevic, who had celebrated his 36th birthday two days previously.

With no time remaining, Blake held service to bring the scores level at 8-8 but then put the sudden death match point into the net.

Posted by Shelia

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