Former world No.1 Andy Murray reached the third round of the China Open 2019 after defeating his compatriot Cameron Norrie 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 in nearly 3 hours on Wednesday. Murray admits that he is feeling a bit tired after the grueling match.
The 32-year-old, who returned to the singles action in August after recovering from his hip surgery, secured his first back-to-back singles win since September last year. Murray was certainly in physical battle while playing against the fellow Brit.
Reaching his first quarterfinals in the last 12 months, Murray will face the no.1 seed Dominic Thiem on Friday. The Scott will get a day off to rest his body before playing against the Austrian.
“I’m tired, I just had a sleep before coming,” said Murray. “I’m really tired. That’s the first time I’ve had to do that since I came back. It was a good step for me. It’s great that I won the match.” Andy Murray said after his second-round match.
He further added, “Whether I’d won or lost it, I was able to come out the following day and be competitive and play some good tennis. But obviously, I’m happy I’ve got the day off tomorrow to recover.”
Earlier, Andy Murray stunned the eighth seed Matteo Berrettini in the first round of the Beijing Open 2019. The three-time Grand Slam champion started his busy month at the Zhuhai Championships in the last week of September.
He is also scheduled to play two more events in Shanghai and Antwerp after completing the China Open 2019 to get in as many matches as he can just more than one month after Cincinnati, where he played his first singles match since his hip surgery.
Playing four tournaments in four weeks will certainly test Murray’s fitness. After playing the European Open in Antwerp, Murray and his team will decide on his further schedule.
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