Winning note for Murray, Manila Mavericks as IPTL home leg ends

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 01, 2014 05:24 PM
Murray, Manila Mavericks closes home stand with a win
Filipino netter Treat Huey (left) and Jo Wilfried Tsonga reacts after a missed shot in their doubles match against Tomas Berdych and Lleyton Hewitt.
The Manila Mavericks closed their home stand on a winning note after dropping their first two ties in the International Premier Tennis League Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. Andy Murray led the home squad to a 27-19 victory over the Singapore Slammers winning in the mixed doubles and menís singles. The 27-year-old Scottish netter teamed up with Kirsten Flipkens to beat American Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt, 6-1, much to the delight of the Filipino crowd that flocked the venue before defeating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-5 (7-5) in a down-to-the-wire five-minute shootout. Murray was trailing, 5-4, against Kyrgios but the two-time Grand Slam champion and 2102 London Olympics gold medalist broke the Aussieís serve to force a shootout. The world no. 6 Murray raced to an early 4-0 lead but let it easily slip as Kyrgios inched closer, 6-5, with the clock winding down. But with the time against him, Kyrgios slammed a backhand to the net ending the match and giving Murray a taste of his first win for the Mavericks. Mark Philippousis, who replaced the injured Carlos Moya, won against Pat Rafter, 6-2, in the legends singles while Filipino bet Treat Huey and Frenchman Jo Wilfried-Tsonga teamed up to topple the duo of Tomas Berdych and Hewitt, 6-5, in the menís doubles. Williams prevented a shutout winning over Flipkens, who replaced Russian Maria Sharapova, 6-3, in the womenís singles. The four-team competition will now move to Singapore starting Tuesday, with legs to follow in India and Dubai.

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