Andy Murray says he is in need of an emergency ice-bath after fighting back from two sets and a break down to beat Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the US Open.
In his first Grand Slam singles match in 20 months, Murray found himself on the brink of an early exit after a below par display against his Japanese opponent.
But in vintage style, Murray fought his way back into the match by winning the third set in a tiebreak.
He then saved a match point in the fourth set before winning another tiebreak and forcing a decider.
In the fifth set, Murray needed treatment on a toe injury but he lifted his level again to break Nishioka in the tenth game and seal the win.
Speaking after the match, Murray said he will ask for special dispensation to have an ice bath to help in his recovery ahead of Thursday’s second round match.
He said: “They have an ice bath in the locker room and they said it was for emergencies.
“For me this is an emergency right now. I’ll ask and see if they’ll allow me to use the ice bath. If not I’ll try to get back to the hotel as quickly as I can,
“That’s by far the most tennis I’ve played since the Aussie Open in 2019.
“I’m tired. My toes are the worst part. Big toes on both sides are pretty beat up. But I did alright physically.
“At the beginning of the match I was apprehensive about playing a long match because I hadn’t played one in a while.
“I was sort of pacing myself. Once I got two sets down I had to start putting the after-burners on and managed to get through.
“I had to start striking the ball a bit better. I was hitting the ball a bit late, a bit tentatively.”
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, British player Naomi Broady hailed Murray’s ‘incredible fight’.
She said: “What an incredible win. After all those months without playing matches. To get through that physically, what an achievement.
“We have to wait and see now how his hip bears up over the next day or two.
“Incredible fight, incredible tenacity.”
Published at Tue, 01 Sep 2020 21:20:00 +0000