Andy Murray defeated James Duckworth in four sets, but the British player still thinks he has a long way to go. In his press conference at the US Open, Murray explained why he doesn't see himself potentially winning the title.
'[To be a contender] I would have been able to train and practice a lot more than what I have done,' the 31-year-old explained. 'I would have played more matches in the build-up to the tournament. There's many, many things that I would have wanted to change to be considered a contender.
I don't think anything changes after today. I'm still just taking it one match at a time. This is the first time I have played four sets in 14 months, so I just have to wait and see how I pull up tomorrow. Hopefully I feel good, and take it from there.' He also added: 'The discomfort I have been feeling in my hip was a lot better than it was over the grass-court season.
I've got a bunch of matches under my belt, a lot more training and just a better understanding of where my body is at.' Analyzing his next match against Fernando Verdasco, Murray added: 'Fernando is a great shot-maker and someone that when he's on his game, really tough to beat.
He has an extremely heavy forehand, plays with a lot of spin. On the serve, kind of difficult sometimes to know what he's going to do. I have played him some times where he's been going for huge serves. And then I also played in one, he served he served like 80 per cent first serve and kind of rolled the serve in.' Commenting on his rehab, Murray added: 'Last week when I was rehabbing after Cincinnati, I was two-and-a-half hours in the morning, and then an hour and a half in the pool in the afternoon, and then on top of that, treatment, which can be anywhere from two to three hours.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'