Andy Murray cautiously optimistic after US Open defeat to Fernando Verdasco

Heather Diaz
September 1, 2018

While the women's rules already call for a break if the conditions are too extreme, there is no such provision for the men.

"I think some of the tennis I played today was some of the best I've played since I came back.

Meanwhile Murray, the 2012 US Open victor who was playing his first Grand Slam in 14 months, is still fighting to find full fitness after hip surgery in January. I went and told the supervisor. "Now I've been doing recovery so I will be fine after tomorrow".

Verdasco flatly denied any such rule breach had taken place, claiming that while his coach was in the locker room, he spoke only to another player, Marcos Baghdatis, and the Cypriot's coach.

In a post on Instagram, Murray wrote: 'I'm off to get a health check as apparently I've started imagining things, ' followed by the hashtag liarliarpantsonfire.

Verdasco said that's not what he was doing. If I hadn't said anything, they would have been chatting, chatting about the match, giving tactics and stuff. I'm playing really good tennis", added Wawrinka, who was unable to defend his 2016 title after undergoing two knee surgeries previous year."I think there is a good chance that I'm playing better in the next round", said the Swiss, who will face Canadian Milos Raonic for a place in the last 16.Meanwhile Murray, the 2012 US Open victor, who was playing his first Grand Slam in 14 months, is still fighting to find full fitness after hip surgery in January. I had to tell them because nobody knows the f***ing rules'.

World number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal was spared the worst of the conditions, although it was still muggy when he capped the Ashe Stadium action against Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

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'Then he ran through, "Oh, you're not allowed to speak".

Murray also said he was never given a complete written list of the relevant rules. He shoots glowering looks at the team sitting on its collective hands in his player-guest box.

Softening his criticism somewhat, Murray later added, "I'm not blaming Fernando and his team".

"They probably weren't aware of the rule", said the 31-year-old Briton. I know exactly the rule and I don't want to be the one breaking it'. "Like I said before the match two days ago, one of the toughest that you can play in first round or second round". Edmund, Britain's No 1, is yet to declare himself available after a non-specific illness cut him down here in the first round, so Murray and Norrie - who went out in the second round on Wednesday - are favourites to lead the line. After Wimbledon in 2017, he shut himself down for the rest of the season because of an injured hip, then eventually had an operation in January.

Murray knows it is still very early in his comeback and playing two tough best-of-five-set matches will stand him in good stead, but these are baby steps and his ranking remains outside 300. So his Grand Slam return came at Flushing Meadows, instead, and lasted just two matches.

"[Verdasco] was having an ice bath", Murray explained during his postmatch news conference. But he was unable to convert any of them before Verdasco closed out the win on his third match point.

"I managed to stay consistent after a couple of months of many ups and downs", Azarenka said.

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