US Open: Murray v Bachinger

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Andy Murray is set to face his second round opponent in the US Open tomorrow, opening the late session at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Matthias Bachinger, ranked at 235 in the world had never previously made it past the first round of a main draw in any Grand Slam.

Seeded eighth in the contest, Murray should find the match a walk in the park if we’re to believe he’s back to his old form. The Brit suffered from severe cramp during his first round match which clearly inhibited his performance and nearly cost him the match.

Murray has failed to give any real explanation for how quickly his form dropped in the first match, but ruled out physical tension as a possibility.

“I didn’t feel unbelievably nervous before my first match,” he said. “I wasn’t putting too much pressure on myself either – no one really has any expectations of me here anyway. I don’t feel any different but I’m happy I’m still in the tournament. I could easily be on my way home.”

It had initially been thought that Andy might face the more experienced Radek Stepanek in his next game, but in a shock result Bachinger defeated the Czech to reach the round two instead.

Speaking about his opponent, Murray commented, “We grew up playing a bit together when we were like 13, 14, 15 years old. He’s obviously come through onto the tour a little bit later but he’s a tough player.

“He had a very good win in the first round against Stepanek, who’s a tough opponent, and I’ll need to be ready.”

Although the Scot is determined not to underestimate his opponent, it’s thought by most that he’ll breeze through into the third round.

“I’m really looking forward to playing him again. It’s a great opportunity to show my tennis,” said Bachinger. You always have chances in tennis but he’s the favourite, I think! I will try my best. I want to enjoy every minute, every ball.”

The match will be played at 00:00 (UK time) at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, with the winner set to face Verdasco or Kuznetsov in the third round.