New York, September 2
Andy Murray’s psychological toughness has by no means been doubtful however his victory over Yoshihito Nishioka within the US Open first spherical on Tuesday delivered the surest signal but the Scot can be bodily able to going the gap at a significant as soon as extra.
The 33-year-old Briton, who has twice had hip surgical procedure, battled again from two units right down to win 4-6 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(4) 6-Four in a gruelling 4 hour, 39 minute marathon in his first singles look at a Slam for the reason that 2019 Australian Open.
Murray’s final look at a significant led to tears as he fell to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in an epic five-setter within the first spherical in Melbourne, with the Scot headed for surgical procedure and an unsure future.
There had been no tears on Tuesday, nevertheless.
“I’ve just played a four-and-a-half hour match when I never thought I’d be able to,” Murray advised reporters.
“I felt way better today at the end of that match than I did when I played Bautista in Australia. I’m not sitting here with my hip throbbing and aching. I’ll be able to sleep fine tonight.” Murray, who recovered from a break down in each the third and fifth units and saved a match level late within the fourth, mentioned he wanted to fine-tune his sport now that the questions over his health had been answered.
“I was very close to going out but kept coming back, kept fighting, so I’m proud of that,” he added.
“The largest query would have been the bodily one. That was the factor I used to be most proud of, that I lasted.
“That was probably my biggest doubt going in and the biggest answer I got from the match today, was physically that I was good. Tennis-wise I could do better.”
Next up for Murray, who claimed the primary of his three main titles at Flushing Meadows in 2012, is Canadian 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. Reuters