Overall it has been a successful couple of weeks in New York for the returning Andy Murray playing his first events of the year.
Andy impressed at the temporary home of Cincinnati with wins over Tiafoe and Zverev and showed promising signs in defeat to an inform Raonic. At the US Open his time looked up before it began falling 4-6 4-6 1-3 down Nishioka but pulled out another stunning comeback from two sets down to prevail.
Felix Auger-Aliassime awaited Andy in round two and the Canadian teenager was a man on a mission in the early hours of Friday morning.
I like Felix’ game, it is very clean and he is a good mover around the court. We have seen some solid performances from Felix during his early stages of his career but this performance was probably his best hitting 52 winners and 24 aces on route to a straight sets victory.
It is disappointing to see Andy knocked out but like I said there have been plenty of positives from these last couple of weeks especially regarding his hip:
“The No. 1 priority for me was that my hip was good, and it coped really well with a five-set match.”
After the match Andy was asked about winning another Grand Slam title and said:
“It was hard enough when I had two normal hips. So it will be difficult, but I’ll keep trying. I might as well shoot for the stars. I’m trying my best to get the most out of what my body gives me now”
The plan now for Andy is to head to Europe.
Andy has confirmed he will not be playing the Masters 1000 event in Rome but indicates he will go to Paris for Roland Garros despite the countries dramatic rise of Covid-19 cases the last couple of weeks.
It does look like the reasoning behind skipping Rome and heading to Roland Garros is that there will be qualifying in the French capital and Murray’s ranking would put him in that draw but could still get a main draw wildcard.
By the time the main draw at Roland Garros begins it would have been about 1200 days since Andy played on a clay court and that was against Wawrinka in his 2017 semi-final at Roland Garros.