Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1 1-6 6-4 in the Cincinnati Open first round, and in press conference the British player said that he won't play any other tournament prior to the US Open. It means he won't ask for a wild card to Winston Salem.
Asked about playing at the best of five sets in Flushing Meadows, that is set to be his first Grand Slam since 2017 Wimbledon, Murray added: 'I kind of need to see once I'm in that position. I have played four three-set matches and a couple long ones in Washington.
Although I didn't feel great, I managed to get through them. Hopefully with another couple of weeks and training, I can feel better and I can keep working on things. After Washington, (I) took four, five days off the tennis court and was doing a lot of training, a lot of rehab.'I'll need a bit more consistency on the tennis court.' Analyzing his loss to Pouille, Murray said: 'Today's start of the match was not good at all.
It was a pretty bad first set, and then after that, you know, got a little bit better. Managed to hang in a little bit in the second set. I lost the first service game. I was 40-15 up and was quite a long game, that one. And then had a few little chances on his serve as the set went on but wasn't able to take them.I physically felt okay.
You know, it's quick conditions here. You know, it's pretty fast. Obviously when I played Washington, slightly slower, also played a couple of matches in the evening there, was quite slow, whereas here obviously quite lively.
And I feel like he was a little bit sharper than me out there. I maybe wasn't reacting as quickly to some shots I would have liked.' ALSO READ: Tsitsipas: 'Rafael Nadal is a beast, monster.
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