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Cowan says Murray must be cool in pressure situations

Barry Cowan has made an appeal to Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray to control his emotions on court after the number one ranked British threw away his chances in the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic after losing his cool.

The Scot appeared to be getting a strong footing on the match in the third set when he broke the Serbian to race away to a 2-0 lead but his opponent's injury break made him los focus as he went on to lose the match in four sets in Melbourne.

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Murray goes down Fighting to FedEx

Britain’s top ranked tennis player Andy Murray may have lost the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer on Sunday, but it has to be said that the performances of the 25 years old Scotsman has won a lot more hearts.

Although he joins his coach Ivan Lendl with the dubious distinction of having lost the first four Grand Slam finals they have reached, Murray has laid the ground for success in the future, just like his coach who won 8 Grand Slam titles after losing his first four finals.

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LENDL TEACHES ANDY

Tennis enthusiasts over the age thirty-five will certainly recall that Andy Murray’s new coach Ivan Lendl had a coldly uncommunicative way of behaving himself on court. Wojtek Fibak, Lendl’s own mentor told that looking very stern, so serious is a help. Just by the way Ivan is, he gets a lot of free points … Ivan is really an intimidator.

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SMITH ON STAND BY

Leon Smith, team captain for the Great Britain Davis Cup team has backed the decision of his star player Andy Murray to withdraw from this week’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Slovakia, scheduled to be held over the weekend in the Scottish city of Glasgow, Murray’s home town.

Murray was part of the Great Britain side in the Davis Cup that won their last two rubbers to secure promotion to the Group I of the zone meaning that they only have one group to win in order to return to the prestigious World Group.

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MURRAY SUFFERS DEFEAT

Andy Murray was defeated in Miami in a surprising fashion after he was expected to win the Sony Ericsson open.Murray was broken seven times as the world number 118 secured a 6-1 7-5 victory in an hour and 35 minutes.

The loss comes two weeks after Murray was dumped out the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells by Donald Young.

And the Scot has failed to win a single set since defeating David Ferrer at the Australian Open in January.

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MURRAY FACING BECK

Andy Murray is set to play Karol Beck at the Australian Open. The 23-year-old Scot, seeded fifth, is in the same half of the draw as world number one Nadal.

Fellow British number one Elena Baltacha takes on a qualifier in her opening match in Melbourne.

Britons Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Katie O'Brien are still involved in the qualifying tournament.

Murray will play Beck for the first time, with the 28-year-old Slovakian currently ranked 104 in the world.

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MURRAY CALLS FOR STRENGTH

Andy Murray say that he needs to be more stronger. The Scot, 23, made a disappointing third-round exit at the US Open, which Nadal went on to win and so complete the career Grand Slam.

"I've got four or five months before the next Slam," Murray told BBC Sport. "I need to get physically stronger, improve my game and then I'll give myself the chance to beat him."

Murray had gone into the US Open with many predicting he could win his first Grand Slam title after a superb run at the Toronto Masters in the build-up, beating Nadal and Roger Federer on his way to winning the tournament.

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MURRAY PREPARING FOR FRANCE

ANDY Murray goes into his final preparations for next week’s French Open where he will be hoping to improve on last year’s tournament which saw him reach the quarter-finals. He watched the last grand slam final from prime Wimbledon Tickets.

That marked a career best at Roland Garros for Murray who looked back to somewhere like more usual form in Madrid last week.

While the British number one did eventually lose out 7-5 6-3 to Spain’s David Ferrer at the quarter-final stage in Madrid, he could at take heart from three pretty gutsy performances in the Spanish capital.