Andy Murray Withdraws from Third-place Match at 'Battle of The Brits'

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2020

British No. 1 Dan Evans won the competition with a convincing 6-3 6-2 victory in the final over fellow Brit Kyle Edmund.

The three-time Grand Slam victor battled hard to take the first set, and then fought back from a break down in the second to take the match 6-3 7-5.

Paying tribute to the officials who staged the unique social-distancing tournament, Evans said. "I wasn't sure how it was going to be". It's been a long week and a great week. "It's been a great week and hopefully we can all do it again".

Andy Murray got off to a blistering start against Evans, his movement and dominance of the baseline rallies reminiscent of the days when he was world number one before hip surgery stalled his career.

He did pull out of the third/fourth place play-off match, but only as a precaution.

The third-place match will still go ahead with James Ward taking Murray's place, before Evans takes on Kyle Edmund in the final. My game is there, I just need more time to practice and prepare and I'll get there.

"Some of the tennis this week has been very encouraging".

"I've just not been able to sustain a high level for long enough. I didn't think it would be this big but it turned out really well".

Evans saw off Peniston 6-2 3-6 10-4 while Edmund beat Liam Broady 6-3 6-3 to add to wins over Murray and Ward.

The event followed a similar scoring format to the Laver Cup, with match victories increasing in point value each day as the competition unfolded.

Like Britain's Evans, Brady was in scintillating form in early 2020 before the sport's suspension, winning 12 of her first 17 matches and cracking the top 50.

Meanwhile, Jamie Murray - who has organised the charity tournament - won the doubles final alongside Neal Skupski.

Russell Fuller, BBC Sports tennis correspondent: "Dan Evans underlines why he's now the best in Britain, as he breaks Kyle Edmund six times to win the Battle of the Brits".

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