While Andy Murray’s stay in Cincinnati was cut short following a quarter-final loss to Roger Federer on Friday evening, the British No. 1 is satisfied with the amount of tune-up matches he has had ahead of the US Open.
“I definitely played I think enough matches,” Murray said in his post-match press conference. “You know, yesterday for me was important to play a match like that.”
Murray lost 6-3, 7-5 to the 17-time Grand Slam champion, but it was not a straightforward match, as the Scot held a 4-1 lead in the second set before allowing Federer to win 5 of the next 6 games en route to securing the win. It was a baffling conclusion to the match but he is happy to have gotten this stern test ahead of the season’s final Grand Slam event.
“Tonight was, you know, good to play against someone of Roger’s quality before the US Open obviously because hopefully you’ll be playing against guys like that in the latter stages of the tournament if you play well.”
Murray’s loss was even more surprising considering his fantastic showing against American No. 1 John Isner in the third round of the tournament. He is aware that he needs to work on his certain aspects of his game ahead of the final Major and plans on making the trip to New York in a few days.
“It’s good to test yourself and see if there are things you need to work on. But, yeah, there are a lot of things I’ll obviously need to improve. Yesterday (against John Isner) I hit the ball brilliant. I hit the ball really well. I played a very good match.
“Today, very, very up and down. It’s been like that most of the year.”