(August 25, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Andy Murray gutted his way into the second round of the US Open on Monday. The eighth seeded Scot, suffering from cramps defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5.
The cramps which began in the back of his left shoulder began in the third set unexpectedly on a warm but not oppressively hot, nor humid day.
“I can’t worry about it too much,” Murray said. “There’s nothing I can do. This is the shape I’m in for the tournament. I feel or I felt extremely good before the match, and I did train very, very hard to get ready for the tournament. For me it was unexpected, and therefore, quite difficult mentally to deal with, because, like I say, sometimes it can happen one area of your body. But when it starts to kind of go everywhere, you don’t know exactly where it’s going to creep up next. When you stretch one muscle, something else then cramps, too. It was tough. Yeah, like I say, very unexpected, as well, especially after an hour and a half, an hour and 40 minutes. So it’s unlikely, I would say, that it’s down to maybe poor physical condition, because I have trained and played matches. Like in Toronto against Tsonga was longer than that and I felt absolutely fine at the end. I don’t know if it’s something I have done in the last few days that’s been wrong or not, but I need to try and find out why.”
Haase also suffered from some cramping physically and mentally. The Ducthman served for the fourth set a 5-3 and double-faulted on break point to let Murray back into the set. The Scot won the next three games to close the match.
“I could have easily lost that match,” Murray said. “I was very close to losing the match. I don’t think if it would have gone to five sets I would’ve been — I certainly would have been the favorite if it had gone to five sets. I’m happy about that.”
No. 9 seed and Toronto Masters champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed four sets to close out Juan Monaco 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1.
“Never easy against Juan,” said the Frenchman. “He’s a good player. Today, you know, I just did a good job. It’s good for me, because these first round is always tough to go through.”