Andy Murray would have been looking for a smooth transition to the third round of the US Open, instead he had to fight back from two sets down against Robin Haase to eventually win 6-7, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4.
Haase outplayed Murray in the second set but the Scot was less than impressive, winning just one point on his second serve in that set. Finally the momentum switched as Haase seemed to become increasingly disinterested in the match which allowed Murray back in.
Murray went on to win 13 consecutive games to battle back to 4-0 in the fifth set before Haase appeared to wake up and want the match again, fighting off multiple match points with some terrific play and pushing Murray right to the last point.
After three hours and 23 minutes Murray finally closed out the match despite some poor moments with his forehand and serve.
Even Murray was not impressed with his performance “If I play like [that again] I might be going home. I need to make sure I’m moving well in the next match otherwise it’s bad news. I just wasn’t playing well. I was moving really poorly and that’s not good for my game. Once I started to move better towards the end of the third set my game was so much better.”
Murray’s performance leaves little doubt in my mind that the Scots maiden Grand Slam is still some time away despite how desperately he appears to want it. Andy has performed poorly on all three occasions he has been in a Grand Slam final, particularly the Australian Open 2011.
Murray has great physical fitness which he continues to work on with extreme dedication but it’s the mental side of his game that is really lacking.
Only time will tell if Murray can get across the finish line.
Murray faces Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the next round.