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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Murray feeling hip prior to defence of his Wimbledon title

Baghdatis eyeing first key grass crown in Antalya

Andy Murray missed an exhibition match on Thursday
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Andy Murray, winner of only one title in 2017, is on the drift for his Wimbledon title defence after pulling out of his final All England Club warm-up clash due to a sore hip.

The world number one was scheduled to play an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club on Thursday, but drifted from 4-1 to 9-2 for a third Wimbledon crown after scratching from his London date.

Murray, who lost to Jordan Thompson at Queen's Club last week in his solitary match on grass this year, is still expected to start his grass-court championship defence on Monday.

Australian Open champion Roger Federer is the 9-4 favourite, while before Friday morning's draw 5-1 Petra Kvitova and 11-2 Karolina Pliskova are vying for market leadership in the women's singles and it's 14-1 bar the pair.

Marcos Baghdatis, who is bidding for a first ATP Tour grass-court title and his first piece of silverware on the main tour since 2010, will play Yuichi Sugita for a place in the final of the inaugural Antalya Open.

Baghdatis, who enjoys the grass-court season, defeated qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan, conqueror of Dominic Thiem, 6-7 6-3 7-6 to progress to the last four.

Sugita made light work of lucky-loser Daniel Altmaier 6-3 6-0 on Thursday, but Baghdatis would do well to respect the Japanese, who ousted David Ferrer in the last eight.

Wimbledon best outright prices – men: 9-4 R Federer, 9-2 A Murray, 5 R Nadal, 13-2 N Djokovic, 18 bar; women: 5 P Kvitova, 11-2 Karo. Pliskova, 14 J Konta, V Williams, 16 A Kerber, G Muguruza, 18 J Ostapenko, 20 S Halep, C Vandeweghe, 33 bar.

Murray, who lost to Jordan Thompson at Queen's last week, is still expected to start his grass-court championship defence on Monday
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