Andy Murray explained how he managed to battle through the new and humid conditions to earn a first-round win over Francisco Cerundolo on the US Open. The 2012 champion needed two hours and 42 minutes to send the twenty fourth seed packing with a 7-5 6-3 6-3 victory and coping with the warmth well following his recent cramping issues.
A decade on from winning his maiden Grand Slam title in Flushing Meadows, Murray began his 2022 campaign off with a straight-sets win over the No 24 seed to open play on Louis Armstong Stadium on day one among the US Open.
The previous world No 1 got here into the tournament with some physical issues, having suffered with cramping at his previous tournaments in Cincinnati and Washington, but managed to prevail in the warmth of the daytime in Latest York, though he admitted it was still a struggle. “It felt like five sets to me. It is extremely, very tricky conditions today. Very humid and hot,” he joked, speaking in his on-court interview.
“Really comfortable with the best way I got through that one. He has had an excellent yr and I knew I needed to play well. Regardless that we began at 11am, the atmosphere was great and I actually enjoyed it.” The 35-year-old was also filled with praise for himself as he explained how he stayed strong mentally despite the fear of cramping again in the new weather.
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Talking to Amazon Prime Video after the match, the world No 51 said: “I thought I did well considering that mentally it’s hard going right into a five set match in those conditions against a man who makes you progress rather a lot with what’s happened recently and I did very well mentally to get through that. It’s essential to present myself a pat on the back with that stuff sometimes because rare that anyone else does.
“I thought I did well with that and at the tip when it got tough I just hung in, I returned very well and managed to get through.” Murray was also comfortable along with his tactics throughout the match, as he explained how he managed to beat the twenty fourth seed.
“I attempted to make use of my strengths which were the serve at times – possibly not so good at the tip but I got quite just a few free points on my serve,” he continued. “I used my high forehand down the road well, my backhand cross court and down the road were good. I didn’t let him kind of camp out within the backhand corner and hit too many forehands. When he’s doing that he’s extremely dangerous, at times when he had the possibility to do this he made me move rather a lot but I didn’t let it occur too often.”
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