Saturday 18 November 2017

Furious Andy Murray crashes out of US Open

Andy Murray reacts after losing a point to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open
Andy Murray reacts after losing a point to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open

Andy Murray tumbled out of the US Open and was one racquet down after losing his temper during the fourth-round defeat to Kevin Anderson.

The Scot let out a string of expletives during the break between the second and third sets, seemingly frustrated by the time Anderson was taking in a break off the court.

Then after dropping serve in the third set, he smashed a racquet on the court, breaking it beyond repair and handing it to a spectator as an unexpected souvenir.

Speaking about the tension in the match, Murray later said: "In the second set I felt like I was starting to put pressure on him there. When I had the break point at 5-3, I had a backhand pass that I really should have made. When you're playing against players that are at that level, like him, you need to obviously make them think and then give them a chance to get nervous.

"The beginning of the fourth set, as well, I think it was his first service game, I had 15-all, hit a drop shot, mid-court forehand, then ended up winning the next couple of points.

"I felt like I had my opportunities there but didn't manage to capitalise on them. When you're playing against someone as good as him, you know, it's tough."

Big-serving South African Anderson played the match of his life to win 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/0).

Anderson has been helped by a sports psychologist and believes he has been able to keep his composure and focus in high-pressure matches because of that off-court guidance.

He said: "I think especially at this level, there's such fine details. I think a lot of the physical side, obviously I'm working on that. But I felt just from the mental side, being as neutral as possible in these big match-ups, somebody just to talk through, you know, sort of understands how I think and stuff has definitely been a huge benefit for me.

"I definitely feel even though it's a gradual process, I feel like I'm on the right path and making good decisions."

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