Everyone in Britain was hoping for Andy Murray to retain his US Open title to cap off the year after his dream Wimbledon win. However, he admitted he got a bit giddy after becoming arguably the best British tennis player in 77 years, and had been celebrating more than training in the 41 days leading up to the US Open.
He hadn’t played played great tennis leading up to the quarter-finals, but it was enough to sneak past his unseeded opponents of Michael Llodra, Leonardo Mayer, Florian Mayer and Denis Itomin. It was a rather short match for a Grand Slam, taking roughly two hours and 15 minutes, with the Briton not even getting a break point in his straight sets loss to Stanislas Wawrinka. He didn’t attack really during the match, only hitting 15 winners compared to the Swiss’ 45.
“It was a tough day for me,” Murray told BBC Radio 5 live. “He played exceptional tennis and served very, very well. He hit a lot of lines on big points, went for his shots and they all went in today. He played too well.” His comments regarding Stan’s serving were very much true; usually Nadal or Djokovic’s fastest serves can be around 135mph, today the tenth seed 136mph. His average was also rather high, being 118mph to Murray’s 110mph. His struggle in returning serves of this velocity was shown in his return statistics, winning just 25%of his receiving points.
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– Jacob Lee