Tennis - Hurting Murray survives Haase scare

AFPAugust 26, 2014
Tennis - Hurting Murray survives Haase scare
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during his men's singles first round match on Day One of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/JULIAN FINNEY)

- A hurting Andy Murray survived a scare in his US Opener on Monday, holding on for a four-set victory over Robin Haase.

Murray defeated the 70th-ranked Dutchman 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 1-6, 7-5, but was at a loss to explain the painful cramp that struck without warning -- and could have cost him the match.

"I could have easily lost that match," said Murray, who thought he'd have been in real trouble in a fifth set.

The Scot, who hasn't reached a final since lifting the Wimbledon trophy in 2013, staggered through the third set, and twice rallied from a break down in the fourth to finally close it out after just over three hours.

"I don't know exactly why it happened today," said Murray.


AFP