Friday 24 January 2020

Tennis: Andy Murray faces Rafael Nadal in Miami semi-finals

BRITISH No 1 Andy Murray blamed over-hydration for the discomfort which threatened to derail his Sony Ericsson Open title bid.

Murray, the 2009 champion, made it through to the semi-finals in Miami with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Janko Tipsarevic last night, setting up a last-four clash with Rafael Nadal who battled to a three-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

But it was far from easy as the Scot battled illness in a lengthy match, calling for trainer Jez Green in the second set and complaining he was struggling to keep fluids down.

Murray believes the problem was down to drinking too much before the match.

"I have this thing that tests how hydrated you are, which I used that for the match, and [afterwards] I was very hydrated, even though I'd drunk nothing the last couple of sets," he said.

"So I don't know if I drunk too much beforehand and kind of over-hydrated and my stomach was filled with liquid. Each time I took a sip I wanted to burp, basically.

Murray, the 2009 champion, made it through to the semi-finals in Miami with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Janko Tipsarevic last night, setting up a last-four clash with Rafael Nadal who battled to a three-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

But it was far from easy as the Scot battled illness in a lengthy match, calling for trainer Jez Green in the second set and complaining he was struggling to keep fluids down.

Murray believes the problem was down to drinking too much before the match.

"I have this thing that tests how hydrated you are, which I used that for the match, and [afterwards] I was very hydrated, even though I'd drunk nothing the last couple of sets," he said.

"So I don't know if I drunk too much beforehand and kind of over-hydrated and my stomach was filled with liquid. Each time I took a sip I wanted to burp, basically.

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