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Murray to play singles, doubles for Britain in Davis Cup

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An energy-sapping summer of tennis isn’t quite over for Andy Murray.

His last task is potentially playing three matches – two singles and a doubles – for Britain in a Davis Cup semifinal against Argentina, starting on Friday, to keep his country on course for a second straight title.

“I’ll try and fight as hard as I can this weekend and help the team as much as possible,” Murray said on Thursday, “and then I’ve got a break after that, which I need.”

Since May, Murray has won Wimbledon, the Olympic tournament, the Italian Open, and Queen’s, as well as losing in three finals, including at the French Open.

The Davis Cup is a big deal to Murray, though, and he is back for the semifinals after missing the last-eight win over Serbia straight after Wimbledon.

Murray will open the semifinal in Glasgow with a singles against Juan Martin del Potro, in a replay of the Olympic final won by Murray in four sets last month. Kyle Edmund takes on Guido Pella in the second singles.

On Saturday, Murray will partner his brother, Jamie, in the doubles against Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer.

In reverse singles on Sunday, Andy Murray plays Pella, and Del Potro takes on Edmund.

“He’s a very robust guy, both physically and mentally,” Britain captain Leon Smith said of Murray’s potential workload, “so don’t be surprised to see him do it.”

Murray will miss his grandfather’s funeral on Friday to play in the Davis Cup.

Britain is attempting to retain the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936, having won the tournament for the first time in 79 years in November.

“This is going to be a very, very tough weekend for us to win this one but all the players want to get through it and it’s a big goal for all of us,” Murray said. “Trying to reach another Davis Cup final would be a fantastic achievement.

“There have been so many big events in the last few months and it’s been difficult to sort of prioritize every single one, but at the end of a long summer, if we get through this one, you know, we’ve got an opportunity to win again so we’ll give it everything this weekend.”

Murray and Del Potro are the countries’ top players, so would usually expect to play each other on Sunday. However, Del Potro is ranked a lowly No. 64 as he works his way back from a long absence during which he underwent three operations on his wrist.

“His comeback is good for the world of tennis,” Argentina captain Daniel Orsanic said, “so you can imagine what it means for us Argentinians.”

It’s Croatia vs. France in the other semifinal.

Thiem reaches third round at Monte Carlo

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MONACO — Dominic Thiem saved a match point and beat Andrey Rublev of Russia 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.

Rublev was serving for the match at 5-4, 40-30 but hit a forehand narrowly wide. Fifth-seeded Thiem broke him with backhand pass down the line and held for 6-5.

The Austrian was 15-40 up on Rublev’s serve and clinched victory on his first match point, when Rublev double-faulted with a weak serve into the net.

“I was 10 centimeters from being out of the tournament,” a relieved Thiem said. “But I’m happy that I played two hours and 40 (minutes).”

Thiem has reached the French Open semifinals for the past two years. He next meets 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic or Borna Coric of Croatia, who play their second-round match on Wednesday.

“I’m looking forward to watching Djokovic and Coric in front of the TV, and then playing the winner on Thursday,” Thiem said.

In the second round later Tuesday, fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria faced Pierre-Hugues Herbert and seventh-seeded Lucas Pouille played Mischa Zverev.

In remaining first-round play, there were wins for Gilles Simon of France, Marco Cecchinato of Italy and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.

Jared Donaldson fined $6K for ranting at umpire

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MONACO — Jared Donaldson has been fined $6,200 for unsportsmanlike conduct after angrily ranting at the chair umpire during his first-round loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The American became irate with a call when Ramos-Vinolas was serving at 3-2, 40-0 in the second set on Monday. Donaldson thought the serve was out and pointed to the ground, shouting, “There’s a mark right here,” and then screaming the same words in the face of French umpire Arnaud Gabas.

He then squared up to Gabas and shouted: “Yes it is, yeah it is,” as he insisted his mark was right and the umpire’s call of in was wrong.

Donaldson, who yelled again at Gabas before the supervisor came on, received a code violation. He lost 6-3, 6-3.