British No. 1 Andy Murray will begin his 2014 US Open campaign in a far different position that he has been acquainted to over the past few years. This time around, the Scot enters the tournament as the eighth seed and in a daunting half of the draw. He will begin his run against Holland’s Robin Haase, whom he has met on three previous occasions and leads the series 2-1. Check out the Murray vs Haase Head to Head.
Following a quarter-final showing in Toronto, where he lost to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Murray had a good week in Cincinnati before he lost 6-3, 7-5 to 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. 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.
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 well aware of his poor performances and is ready to put that behind him over the coming fortnight in New York.
“I think one of the most important things in sport is to not be too hard on yourself after matches, to be able to move on,” added Murray, referring to his defeats to Tsonga and Federer. “I was obviously not happy with how the matches ended. I was very disappointed. It’s something that you need to learn to be able to move forward and not be too hard on yourself. Make sure it doesn’t eat into your preparation time or any mental energy. I can’t do anything about them now. Got to look forward.”
Following a summer playing clay court tournaments in Hamburg, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel, Robin Haase has only managed to play two matches in the US Open Series, both of which took place last week in Winston-Salem. He defeated France’s Benoit Paire but lost to Mikhail Kukushkin in the second round of the tournament.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour with Murray leading the head-to-head series 2-1. Haase’s victory took place over six years ago on his home soil in Rotterdam but has since been unable to edge Murray on the tour. They did have an exciting five set match-up in the second round of the 2011 US Open but it is unlikely that this meeting will be as lengthy.
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