Following a defeat to defeat to Milos Raonic in the third round at Cincinnati Andy Murray posted a sad face on his Instagram story.
A 2-6 2-6 defeat is not the way he wanted his week to end but on the picture what a fantastic week it was for Andy who hadn’t played an ATP match all year prior to this week hasn’t been in competitive action for about 10 months the level was exceptional.
For me watching Andy play is a delight and something I have been grateful for over the years but the way he played this week was fantastic.
I felt like it was a good indicator to where he is at right now and the conclusion I came up with was very good.
He defeated Frances Tiafoe in round one 7-6 3-6 6-1. He played very well, settled in the match and has never been afraid to dictate the rhythm and make Tiafoe try and ask him questions which he struggled with.
Going into the match against Alex Zverev the Brit did say that the top ten test is what he wanted and it would give a good indication.
For a player who has had a hip resurfaced and played 30 matches in 3 years he ran rings around Zverev early on. The way he stepped up his game and gave Sascha Zverev a level to try and climb. Even when Sasha got level Murray was still at it and it felt like he had the edge despite little match momentum coming in a Masters 1000 event.
Some of the shots Murray hit during his week was trademark Andy Murray, it was rolling back the years but proof that this brilliance as a result of his unmatched hard work.
From the week playing at Flushing Meadows I thought that Andy moved well, with more match time he will get back into that rhythm and test himself more on the run.
His forehand was impressive, I’d like to see more of those devastating backhands which we’ve become used to over the years.
Going into the US Open where Andy will be unseeded so could run into a top seed early on but should be happy with what he has achieved and the level in his game in his first tournament in 10 months.