Andy Murray lost to Richard Gasquet in a straight-set first round match, 6-4 6-4, in Cincinnati. The British player, speaking in a press conference, said: "I don't really know what I was expecting, to be honest. I think I did okay.
I think there was a lot of things I would like to have done better in the match, but, you know, you also have to be somewhat realistic, as well, in terms of what you can expect in terms of how you actually play and hit the ball.
I think physically, you know, my legs were a little bit heavy at the end of the match in comparison to maybe what they normally would be if you played, you know, a bunch. You know, Richard, he uses all of the angles on the court.
He's one of the best at doing that. So I was having to move quite a lot laterally, and I didn't move forward particularly well. Like when he drop-shotted, there was a few times I didn't even run to the ball, didn't react to it, and that's nothing to do with my hip.
That's just me not running for a ball, which I did do that better at the end of the match. I reacted and got to a few and won points. But when there is like a difference of 12 points in a match and you're giving up, like, four or five points with dropshots that maybe you could have chased down, fewer errors here and there, I think with a few more weeks of practice and hopefully some more matches, then I could do better.
But I think it was okay." On his next plans, Murray added: "I'm not going to play the US Open singles. You know, we were hoping to maybe hold a wildcard until a little bit close to the time to see how I feel and get some matches hopefully and a bit of practice, but they were announcing the wildcards today and didn't want to wait.
So, you know, a decision I made with my team, I didn't want to take a wildcard today because I just didn't know how I was going to feel after a match. I felt like I wanted to be fair for me to, you know, maybe try and get a couple of matches in before making a decision like that.
But I'll maybe play Winston-Salem potentially, but I'll probably look at just playing doubles and mixed doubles. That's what I will do at the US Open."