Andy Murray was knocked out of the US Open on Thursday by young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. The 15th seeded Auger-Aliassime defeated Murray in straight sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 on the Arthur Ashe Stadium in just over two hours to advance to the third round.
But the latest loss has not deterred Murray, who says he plans to continue shooting for the stars and will try to get the best out of his body, which now includes a metal hip. Renowned French coach Patrick Mouratoglou has some advice for Murray - who says that the Brit should become more aggressive and try to shorten the points, just like Roger Federer has in recent years, in a bid to extend his career.
According to the Tennis Majors website, Mouratoglou says Murray's game plan to rally from the back and grind down his opponents makes his matches very physically demanding. "He's getting older, he still wants to do well (but) he still needs to work as much as before to win the matches.
I think it's going to be more difficult. And you see how much energy he needs to win matches. I'm not saying that he's going to play five sets every every match, probably not. But even if he wins in three, it's three painful, heavy sets with a lot of running, a lot of fighting, no easy match."
Mouratoglou says Andy Murray needs to think like Roger Federer did
Murray underwent a hip resurfacing surgery last year and has defied the odds to come back to play professional tennis - he even won an ATP singles title at the end of last season and played his first Grand Slam singles draw this week since last year's Australian Open.
Mouratoglou, who runs his own academy in France where several players train, says that Murray can try and adapt his game as Federer has in order to lengthen his career. The Swiss legend "So maybe, for the future, if he probably wants to continue, he probably needs to think like Roger did, even though Roger has, of course, different tennis from him, but he thought how to shorten the rallies, how am I going to win Grand Slams against guys who are fitter in a way that they can play much longer.
So maybe Andy's going to have the same thoughts and come with the same kind of strategy." Patrick Mouratoglou is also the coach of 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams, who partnered with Andy Murray at last year's Wimbledon mixed doubles tournament.