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Murray plays down 'hate rematch' with Rosol

Andy Murray played down fears that his US Open clash against Lukas Rosol will be a repeat of their last stormy meeting when he described the Czech as being the sport's most hated player.

World No. 2 Murray faces the controversial 31-year-old for the first time since Munich in 2015 when Rosol bumped into him at a changeover during their quarter-final.

"No one likes you on the Tour," Murray told him. "Everyone hates you."

But Murray, the reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion, insists that the bad blood is a thing of the past and will not impact their opening-round meeting at Flushing Meadows starting tomorrow.

"I spoke to him after the match and it was fine. A few things happened when we were on the court," said Murray on Friday.

"I have actually gotten along fine with him apart from that day. He's a tough, tough opponent, a big, strong guy. He goes for his shots and takes a lot of risks." - AFP.

Radwanska cruises into final

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska put on a dominant performance against two-time defending champion Petra Kvitova to ease into the final of the Connecticut Open with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Kvitova, who also won the event in 2012, was looking to join Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki as four-time winners of the tournament, but the sixth-seeded Czech was completely overwhelmed by the Polish world No. 4.

The two-time Wimbledon champion committed 17 unforced errors in the first set and never got into the match, which was completed in 77 minutes.

The Pole advances to face Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who overcame Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final.

- Reuters.

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