Former champion Andy Murray very nearly suffered his earliest loss ever at the US Open today, needing a very tough 4-sets to beat Robin Haase 63, 76, 16, 75.
Murray was down 41 in the fourth set before he overcame an assortment of ailments to beat the Dutchman. Afterward, the 2012 US Open champion admitted he wasn’t sure why his body began cramping after he won the second set after just 90 minutes of play.
“I trained very hard, so I don’t know exactly why it happened today,” Murray said of the cramps. “I need to just try and find out what went wrong, because the conditions in Miami were significantly hotter and more humid than it was out there today.
“It was hot today, for sure, but I don’t think it was particularly humid. It felt very dry or fairly dry, anyway. At the time it happened I wasn’t exhausted. I didn’t feel incredibly tired or anything. It just happened.”
The Scot who trained in Miami earlier this year says food may have been an issue.
“The fact that it was the whole body would suggest that maybe it was something to do with my eating or drinking, because if it’s through fatigue in one part of your body, then, yeah, that would probably be down to conditioning. But cramping in my left forearm? I mean, I didn’t use my left forearm a whole lot today compared with other parts of my body, so I would expect it would be something to do with what I have eaten or something or not eaten.”
With a few days off before his next round against Matthias Bachinger, Murray plans to find out exactly what happened and why.
“Maybe speak to a nutritionist and look at what I had eaten the last three, four days,” he said. “I don’t think I was that dehydrated, because I needed to go to the toilet when I got off the court. And not to be too graphic, but it wasn’t like it was like brown. You know, I was fine. I wasn’t particularly dehydrated. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I will try to get to the bottom of it before I play again.
“It’s the worst I have ever felt after an hour and a half of a tennis match. That’s what was worrying about it, is it came after such a short time.”
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