Andy Murray has had a good start to his time in New York with some very good performances in the temporary home of the Western and Southern Open but his time at the US Open looked like ending before it really began but the Brit rallied to an impressive victory!.
I said in the preview to the tournament if there are a handful of fellow unseeded players you don’t want to face then Nishioka would be on that list. I do think he is a much better player than his ranking of 49 suggests and has shown some good promise over the last year or so. In this time he has won against fellow countryman Nishikori and I was very impressed with Yoshihito in Melbourne despite defeat to Djokovic.
Let’s not forget this is the first time he has played a back to back event since early October last year and his first appearance in a Grand Slam since January last year so it is still a test for his fitness and body.
I did think he was quite erratic with his hitting some of it was forced. Nishioka’s court coverage was simply incredible, he moves soo quickly and has such strong groundstrokes and being left-handed makes him a bit more tricky to dictate against.
The start of the third set was vital down 4-6 4-6 for Andy but was broken immediately by Nishioka but hung with the 24 year old and broke back to level at 3-3.
Murray went onto save break points at 4-4 and 5-5 to edge ahead on serve with the former champion showing incredible fight as did Nishioka who forced a tie-break.
After seeing off multiple break points Murray saw two set points in the tie-breaker and a loose backhand from Nishioka sealed the set for Murray with a massive shout of ‘COME ON’ as he took the third set from 1-3 down.
After he returned on serve the Brit continued to stave off break point and hang on in and fight as time ticked by on Arthur Ashe stadium before saving a match point with a big serve and once again going into a fifth set following a tie-break.
Murray slipped up on serve for the first time since the beginning of the third set with a double fault which sealed an important lead in the fifth for Yoshihito. The lead did not last for that long as Murray quickly settled into the next service game of the 24 year old and pulled out a trademark lob to immediately break back before holding to love to lead 4-3.
Quite incredibly after over 4 1/2 hours Murray’s level was incredibly high despite not playing at this level for sometime was incredible and at 5-4 was a game away…
57 minutes after facing a match point he converted his thanks for a forehand lob pulling Nishioka off guard and completing a phenomenal comeback.