Murray Overcomes Cramp to Win

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Andy Murray overcame a severe cramp attack during his first round match in the US Open to beat Robin Haase 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-5.

Seeded eighth in the competition, the Brit pushed through the pain to avoid what would have been a shock early exit. Haase, ranked 70th in the world, at one point won nine straight games in a row and it looked like disaster had struck for Murray. If he had lost, it would have been his first opening-round exit at a major tournament since 2008.

Murray’s sudden drop in performance was caused by severe cramping, but the Scot went on to recover sufficiently to secure victory in the fourth set.

As the cramp took hold, he was broken on three occasions and was reduced to a shadow of his usual self. Desperately clinging on, Murray was forced to call for ice to treat his intense pain. Haase was also struggling across the court and called his trainer on to receive treatment. Both players laboured through the remaining games in the third set although Haase was able to steal ahead.

Speaking about his erratic performance Murray commented, “I started cramping at the beginning of the third set, at the front of my quad and then in my forearm. It was not particularly comfortable and I just tried to hang around as long as possible and managed to get through.

“I was in a good position at 2-0 up but I didn’t know whether to go for it at the beginning of the third set or conserve energy and go for it in the fourth. It wasn’t easy for Robin either.”

Murray now goes on to play Matthias Bachinger in the second round. Bachinger beat Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-2 6-2 in his first round match but will be facing a far more formidable opponent in Murray.

Assuming that Murray is not struck down by any more on-court ailments he can be confident of a return to form in the second round.