The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-08-31

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Sport Tennis

15 The Daily Telegraph Monday 31 August 2020 ** doubted his recovery Social media tribes fuel cultish craze of ‘Big Three’ fandom started playing practice sets postWimble­don, and beat a few guys. I was like, ‘OK, I think I am going to be all right here’.” One suspects that a few of these dark memories might resurface in the build-up to tomorrow’s match against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, which is scheduled for 5pm BST. Once Murray walks out on Ashe, however, he will be completely focused. As a peerless student of the game, he will know that the lefthanded Nishioka is exceptiona­lly fast and nimble, and never misses a routine shot. Ranked No 48, he knocked Dan Evans out of this year’s Australian Open. “My body will learn fast,” said Murray, when asked how he would cope with the extra physicalit­y of the grand-slam format. He also knows this court intimately, having enjoyed his best moments here outside the hallowed acres of Wimbledon. Some of the matches he has played on Ashe – such as the schooling of Milos Raonic in 2012 – have approached tennis perfection. Returning to the US Open, even without fans, will be a spinetingl­ing moment for a man who lifted the title in 2012. And whatever the result, the fact that Murray has reached this point feels like a victory in itself. By Oliver Brown CHIEF SPORTS WRITER Ones to watch Today Divisive Djokovic has sparked toxic online feuds between his devoted ‘Nole Fam’, ‘Fed-maniacs’ and ‘Rafa-holics’ Cameron Norrie v Diego Schwartzma­n A tough draw for the British No 3 against ninth seed Schwartzma­n. A 5ft 7in Argentine, Schwartzma­n is almost immune to unforced errors. Kyle Edmund v Alexander Bublik Bublik is a quixotic character who began his post-lockdown season by hitting an underarm serve on the very first point. Edmund should beware Bublik, but can bully him off the ground. Coco Gauff v Anastasija Sevastova The 16-year-old Gauff faces Sevastova, the 31st seed from Latvia, who reached the semi-finals in New York two years ago. Since then, Sevastova has been prone to mental meltdowns and has struggled. Resurfacin­g, TV Amazon Prime Video. Online

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