Andy Murray lost out to Canadian talent Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the US Open. The former number 1 in the world lost in three sets to the 20-year-old Canadian: 6-2 6-3 6-4. The one-sided match lasted more than two hours.
For Murray, being back on track in New York was a win in itself. At the beginning of last year, the Scot played his last grand slam tournament in singles at the Australian Open. Shortly afterwards, he underwent hip surgery. At the time, it was highly uncertain whether the winner of three grand slam titles would ever return to the court. Murray feared the end of his career. With a partly metal hip, the 33-year-old Scot is now playing tennis again.
Earlier in the week, Murray beat Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in five sets in the first round. He was then on the track for almost 5 hours. However, the Scot, who is trying to rebuild his career after years of injuries, had almost no chance against the fit and well-serving Auger-Aliassime, who dominated the entire match in the Arthur Ashe stadium in New York on Thursday evening.
The talented Canadian, placed 15th, hit 24 aces and 52 winners. Murray could only match two aces and nine winners. Yet the routine did not feel bad about his performance in New York. “I am more positive about what I can show on the grand slams than before I came here. In any case, I am back. I now have to become even stronger and fitter to be able to handle matches of five sets. Unfortunately that takes some time.”
The Briton, winner of the US Open in 2012, has dropped to 115th place in the world rankings due to injuries. “I don’t stand in that position for nothing. That says something about my game. It has to be better if I want to climb the rankings and really want to compete with the top.”
Murray also wants to play on the clay court in Paris for Roland Garros at the end of this month. “It will be extremely difficult to win another grand slam tournament. It was already when I had two normal hips and now completely. But I will keep trying.”
Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov (21) and Vasek Pospisil (30) are three Canadian tennis players in the third round of a grand slam tournament for the first time.