It wasn’t one of his better performances but Andy Murray advanced yesterday in a four set win over Argentine Leonardo Mayer yesterday in the second round of the US Open.
Murray, who’s defending his first Grand Slam title this week, was placed out on Louis Armstrong court where he’s had his share of troubles in the past.
After the match, Murray spoke to the press and he was asked about his Head racquet which he says he’s been using since juniors.
“I’ve been playing with the same racquet for 11 years now,” revealed Murray. “I’ve been playing with the same strings since I won the juniors here, which was in 2004, I think. So about nine years or so. I mean, the racquets have obviously changed. I’ve hit balls with wooden racquets before, but that’s a completely different game. But I think in the last 10 to 15 years, I personally don’t see a huge change in the racquets.”
Next for Murray, winner of his last nine Grand Slam matches, is a Sunday matchup with another Mayer, Florian.
“He’s very tough,” Murray said of the German. “He comes to net a bit. He has a good slice backhand, but he hits it with two hands, which isn’t how remember normally you’re taught to play that shot. He has very good feel up at the net. Hits a lot of dropshots. He’s a pretty flat ball striker. He has sort of huge, looping strokes. It can be tough to time your split step and know when he’s going to make contact with the ball. Yeah, I mean, he’s caused a lot of guys problems over his career. I’ll need to play well to beat him.”
If the pairing hold he’ll run into Tomas Berdych on Thursday before the big showdown with Novak Djokovic next Saturday.
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