It’s been a busy few weeks for Andy Murray. The Scot won one of his biggest titles of late defeating Novak Djokovic to win the Canadian Open Montreal two weeks ago, and ending an 8-match losing streak to the Serb.
He then went to Cincinnati where he pulled out 2 come-from-behind victories over Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet before losing to Roger Federer Saturday in the semifinals.
The loss to Federer – his fifth to the Swiss since returning from back surgery – was tough, but Murray looks on the bright side.
“The positive about losing today is I get the opportunity to have an extra days’ rest and recover,” said Murray on Saturday. “I need that. I played a lot of tennis the last couple of weeks, and obviously a lot of the other guys that have been playing a lot didn’t participate in the Davis Cup this year either.
“So after Wimbledon they had, you know, much, much longer to recover from that as well. One day might not seem like much to you guys, but it’s a lot for me just now to have 40 hours or whatever, 72 hours to recover now and try and get my body feeling good again.”
Murray also revealed that he wasn’t going to play Cincinnati, instead training after the Canadian, but his early loss in Washington foiled that plan.
“The plan was not to play here,” Murray said of Cincinnati. “That was my plan, you know, so that I could do a post‑Canada basically train for four or five days. So have three, four days off, and then sort of be able to train hard for four or five days. Get a sort of mini training block in before the US Open.”
And with Roger Federer winning yesterday, Murray slips back to No. 3 in the rankings which could put him against World No. 1 and rival Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. But Murray isn’t concerned.
“I won’t lose sleep over it,” said Murray. “Obviously I would rather be ranked No. 2 going in.
Murray will be seeded third when the US Open begins next Monday.
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