Former champion Andy Murray’s Grand Slam comeback on the US Open was lower quick by Felix Auger-Aliassime with a breezy 6-2 6-Three 6-Four win within the second spherical.
- Last Updated: September 4, 2020, 12:04 PM IST
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Building the stamina to constantly survive the rigours of taking part in five-set matches will high Andy Murray’s agenda as the previous US Open champion, who has undergone two hip surgical procedures, plots the revival of his profession.
Playing his first Grand Slam singles match for the reason that 2019 Australian Open, Murray produced an astonishing fightback from two units right down to defeat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in 4 hours and 39 minutes in his opening spherical.
But that match appeared to take a toll on the 33-year-old as he bowed out in opposition to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight units on Thursday.
“The extra tournaments that you simply play, the extra matches that you simply play, you construct up that kind of robustness in your physique which proper now I don’t actually have,” Murray, who gained his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2012, advised reporters.
“So that’s one thing that I’ll must construct up over the subsequent few months and hopefully starting of subsequent 12 months if I can keep wholesome, I can be higher capable of again up tough bodily efforts.”
The Scot arrived for the U.S. Open tuneup on the Western & Southern Open having not performed knowledgeable match for the reason that Davis Cup Finals in November.
Murray picked up back-to-back wins over Frances Tiafoe and world quantity seven Alexander Zverev however his stage dropped in opposition to Milos Raonic within the spherical of 16 loss.
“I felt like I performed some good things at instances, nevertheless it was fairly up and down. I want to play constantly higher tennis,” he stated.
“If you aren’t taking part in at a excessive stage constantly, then you’ll play longer matches since you’re having dips.
With current damage struggles, Murray accepted it could be “extraordinarily tough” so as to add to his three Grand Slam titles.
“It was exhausting sufficient once I had two regular hips. So will probably be tough, however I’ll hold attempting, like, why not? Why shouldn’t I strive my hardest to try this?” he stated.
“And if I don’t, that’s all proper. But I would as nicely shoot for the celebrities.”