Andy Murray showed little signs of fatigue from his breakthrough weekend yesterday at the Roger Cup in Toronto. Just three days after stunning Roger Federer to win the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, Murray flew to Canada where Wednesday in his first hardcourt match in four months he blew out Flavio Cipolla 61, 63 in the second round.
“I feel okay,” Murray admitted aftward. “I feel a little bit sore in the joints and stuff a little bit. I feel tired mentally. Haven’t really slept much the last few days, so that’s probably catching up with me a little bit.
“After playing for eight weeks on grass pretty much, it’s very different here. The ball is very quick compared with Wimbledon. It also bounces much higher. The court is much slower as well. So there are a lot of things to change. Only got a couple hits on the court, so it was good to play a match and get a win, yeah, fairly comfortably.”
Murray said he’s still riding the high after his big performance on Sunday in front of his fans at Wimbledon.
“I’ve been, yeah, just not really sleeping much in the evening at all,” Murray said. “Normally I sleep for nine, ten hours a night. Maximum I’ve been sleeping four hours a day. That suggests I’m still fairly excited about it. The tournament was the best tournament of my life. To win a gold medal in your home Olympics, not many people get a chance to do that. And to do it against Roger on Wimbledon Centre Court made it even more special. It was a great week.”
Despite the hectic weekend – Murray also won the silver medal in the mixed doubles – and the post-win media blitz, Murray decided to play Toronto.
“I wasn’t back home until 2:30,” Murray said of his Sunday commitments. “Did press for about two and a half, three hours after the match, and then the next morning started again at 8:00 for about another three, four hours. So it was quite a long, busy couple of days. Yeah, I spoke to the guys, and we thought best thing to do was to come see how I feel when I arrive here, practice on the courts, and then make the decision after that. I felt okay this morning when I practiced and decided to give it a go. ”
Tonight Murray will meet powerful Canadian star Milos Raonic in the third round.
“He’ll obviously be very motivated playing in his own country,” Murray said of Raonic. “He’s improved a lot over the last year, year and a half. He’s playing really, really good tennis. Very big guy with a big game. Serves well and hits the ball very hard.”
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