Former World No.1 Andy Murray exited after a straight-set(7-6, 6-3) loss to Polish Hubert Hurkacz from the Western and Southern Open 2021. Nevertheless, the three-time Grand Slam champion said he felt cheerful the entire week and played better than his previous competition.
British wildcard entrant dismissed Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets(6-4, 6-4) in the opening encounter in Cincinnati. But, he fell in the second round to Miami Masters reigning champion after exhibiting his determination and courage. Notably, Murray went to a tiebreaker to capture the first set of the match.
Murray reached the second round at Queen’s Club Championships in the grass-court season while he played third round at the SW 19.
“My Body Felt Good”, says Andy Murray
The two-time Cincinnati title winner also emphasised that he felt physically comfortable but tired after several marathon rallies. Significantly, he collected a point after a 27-shot rally during the second-round match.
34-year-old continued, “I don’t see this week as going backwards. My body felt good. The American hard courts are not easy on the body. Physically, I was a little bit tired after some of the longer rallies, but in terms of like the pain and discomfort, my body was really good.”
Murray is likely to play at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina ahead of the US Open 2021. The ATP 250 event will take place from 22nd to 28th August.
“I don’t know what Winston-Salem’s situation is with wildcards. I’ll need to make a decision on that,” Murray added.
The US Open 2021 will occur from 30th August to 12th September in New York.