Andy Murray insisted he was “actually proud” of his efforts after happening in 4 gruelling units to Matteo Berrettini on the US Open. “I’ve bought a steel hip,” mentioned the Scot. “It is not simple taking part in with that.”
The 2012 champion gave final 12 months’s Wimbledon finalist an actual battle and saved eight break factors earlier than taking the third set.. However finally the big-serving Italian, 26, was fitter and stronger and went on to win 6-4 6-4 7-6 6-3 to succeed in the fourth spherical.
Murray, 35, has but to beat a top-20 participant in a Grand Slam with a steel hip with defeats towards Stan Wawrinka (2020 French Open), Denis Shapovalov (2021 Wimbledon) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (2021 US Open).
However Murray, who was taking part in within the third spherical of an abroad Grand Slam for the primary time in over 5 years, mentioned: “I’ve bought a steel hip. It is not simple taking part in with that. It is actually troublesome. I am stunned I am nonetheless capable of compete with guys which might be proper up on the high of the sport.
“Matches like this, I am actually proud that I’ve labored myself right into a place the place I am ready to try this. I am actually disenchanted that, you realize, I did not recover from the road right this moment. However, I get reminded like that is the primary time you have made the third spherical right here since 2016. It has been six years. It has been a troublesome six years for me. It has been actually laborious. Though it is the primary time I’ve solely made the third spherical right here, I am actually pleased with the trouble that I put in to get myself again into these positions. So I am hoping that sooner or later I can go additional, however contemplating, I did all proper.”
Murray confirmed his frustration by throwing after which smashing his racquet after being damaged on the finish of the second set. He made solely 53% of first serves and was damaged 5 occasions whereas making solely two breaks towards the Berrettini serve. The Italian, who missed Wimbledon due to Covid, has now crushed Murray in three consecutive matches. He’s the type of opponent the previous world No.1 would have crushed in his heyday.
“Numerous the issues really feel the identical, however clearly I am simply not fairly able to the kind of motion and physicality that I used to be 5, six years in the past,” he mentioned. “I feel should you watch Rafa and Novak shifting across the court docket now who’re related age, I feel they’re shifting fairly much like how they had been 5, six years in the past, whereas for me there’s clearly been a little bit of a drop-off there. That may have an effect on you when it comes to how it’s important to play the factors. Possibly you simply do not observe as many balls down as earlier than. Possibly the attain is not simply fairly as a lot because it was. However when it comes to the pictures and all the things, there may be nothing that’s stopping me from hitting the identical pictures as I did earlier than.
“I might need to be doing higher, however I am nonetheless proper there with guys within the final couple of weeks, I did not win the matches clearly towards Cam (Norrie in Cincinnati) and towards Berrettini, nevertheless it was fairly shut.
Murray, who has undergone two hip surgical procedures, will climb as much as world No.43 after beginning the eyar at No.134 and falling out of the highest 500 in 2019.
“I feel I am bettering this 12 months,” he mentioned. “I need to push and see how far I can go. That might be motivational for me and attention-grabbing to see, as a result of a lot of individuals informed me I would not be capable to play once more, and plenty of individuals informed me I would be capable to hit tennis balls however not compete professionally once more. That was nonsense, and I need to see how shut I can get again to the highest of the sport. That is what the motivation is.”
Draper later reported the damage was “the insertion between the hamstring and the groin” and was prone to maintain him out of Nice Britain’s Davis Cup matches in Glasgow beginning on September 14. The 20-year-old added: “I’ve had issues with it earlier than, and possibly this time it was simply a variety of tennis I’ve performed within the final seven weeks possibly simply caught up just a little bit on me.
“I feel I did it final 12 months, and it was most likely healed in two or three weeks. Not a very long time. Enjoying on court docket right this moment, if it is getting worse and worse, I am simply prolonging that interval.
That is why I needed to cease. I’ve needed to make a variety of all these selections within the final three years. I feel I do know after I can maintain pushing and maintain going. It is not going to get any worse. Clearly, one thing like this simply will get worse.”