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Andy Murray Andy Murray is an active singles player again. But after a creditable first outing in Cincinnati on Monday — a , defeat at the hands of old foe Richard Gasquet — Murray revealed that he will only play in the doubles events at the upcoming US Open. This might seem like an unusually decisive call for a man who prefers to keep his options open until the last possible moment.
Baby steps should be perfectly acceptable for a man whose career was pronounced dead at the start of the year. The main thing is that he has begun the process. Murray lines up a forehand against Gasquet on Monday Credit: Getty Images At first, his game lacked fluency and he was uncertain how hard to press the accelerator.
What else did anyone expect? But there were also glimpses of the man who stood at No. When you add it all up, this was a remarkable effort for a man who has only been working seriously on his singles game for a fortnight.
Inevitably, the first few minutes were as edgy as hell. The racket must have felt as heavy in his hand as a bar of gold. But the reading rose: mph in his next service game, mph in the third.
Also, his old hip issues left mental scars as well as physical ones. At the end, I did start reacting, and actually got to some pretty difficult shots. With a few more weeks of practice and hopefully more matches, I could do better. If I was just happy to be back on the court, and not really worried about the outcome, then I would be a bit concerned about that.
Gasquet defeats Murray , I mentioned Gasquet can be a bit of a flake, and he looks nervy here. Murray bullies his way to , but then just misses with a couple of forehands to fall down and match point.
Can Murray keep himself alive?
No, he can't. A missed backhand secures the victory for Gasquet after 1hr 36 min. A defeat, but encouraging signs for Murray. He'll play the US Open singles surely?
Murray is chuntering away at his box and will serve to stay in the match. Oof, that was sexy. Murray holds to 15 to keep the pressure on his often flaky opponent.
Now to try and get that break back Gasquet swaggers to with some trademark shot-making, but Murray reels him back in with some wonderful counter-punching for deuce. Another double fault then presents Murray with a break back point, which Gasquet saves with a swinging ace down the T.
Another ace eventually seals the hold. Signature muzzah!