Murray survives cramping drama to avoid early exit

Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:57pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drama is rarely too far away when Andy Murray is around but the former champion took things to a new level on Monday when he survived a worrying bout of cramps to reach the second round at the U.S. Open.

In hot but not overwhelming conditions, the eighth-seeded Scot was convulsing at times in the third and fourth sets but somehow managed to beat Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 7-6 (6) 1-6 7-5 at Flushing Meadows.

"I felt extremely good before the match, and I did train very, very hard to get ready for the tournament," said Murray, who confirmed that he did not call for the trainer because he didn't think he was allowed to.

"For me it was unexpected, and therefore, quite difficult mentally to deal with ... especially after an hour and 40 minutes.

"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 that would probably be down to conditioning.

“But cramping in my left forearm? 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.”

Renowned as one of the fittest players on the ATP Tour, Murray arrived in New York raving about his mid-season fitness program in Florida with new coach Amelie Mauresmo.

Finally free of pain, almost a year after back surgery, Murray looked lean and strong as he took to the court and though his tennis was patchy, his movement was good as he took the first two sets.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Robin Haase of the Netherlands during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Adam Hunger