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Published: 0231 GMT September 04, 2020

'Extremely difficult' to win another Grand Slam, Murray says after US Open defeat

'Extremely difficult' to win another Grand Slam, Murray says after US Open defeat

British Andy Murray (L) taps rackets with Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada after their second-round US Open clash in Flushing Meadows, NY, US, on September 3, 2020.

Andy Murray said winning another Grand Slam will be "extremely difficult" but he will still "shoot for the stars."

The former world number one was knocked out of the US Open late on Thursday, losing in straight sets to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round, BBC Sport reported.

Murray was playing his first Grand Slam singles tournament since a career-saving hip resurfacing operation in January 2019.

"It was hard enough when I had two normal hips," the 33-year-old said.

"So it will be difficult, but I'll keep trying – why not? Why shouldn't I try my hardest to do that? And if I don't, that's all right. But I might as well shoot for the stars."

Murray has not featured in the latter stages of a major since reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2017.

"I feel like I'm back at square one, having not played in slams for a few years," he said. "I need to build up my body and my physical conditioning so that I have the ability to back up five-set matches.

"That takes a bit of time, unfortunately."

He added: "You practice as much as you want with your coach or juniors, but playing against guys that are serving 135, 140 miles an hour and hitting the ball huge from the back of the court, your timing needs to be spot on.

"So the more I get exposed to playing with better players and practicing with them, the better for me just now."

He will now turn his attention to the clay and preparing for the delayed French Open, which is scheduled to start on September 27 at Roland Garros.


Serena through


Even after 23 Grand Slam singles titles and a glittering career that has spanned four decades, Serena Williams said she still has to remind herself that no one is perfect.

The 38-year-old superstar took another step toward an all-time record-equaling Grand Slam title at the US Open on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Russia's Margarita Gasparyan in the second round, AFP reported.

Williams' straight sets win in 1hr 33min on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court put her into a third-round meeting with fellow American Sloane Stephens.

Williams, 38, looked in imperious form in the opening set, serving well and unfurling some thunderous groundstrokes to keep Gasparyan on the back foot.

However she didn't have it all her own way in the second, being broken twice by Gasparyan who clawed her way back to 4-4.

"It wasn't that frustrating," she said. "I felt like she returned really well and I think that's been what's holding me back as I get frustrated.

"But I'm out here and I'm fighting and I felt like it was just a minor setback and if anything it can help me know what not to do next time."

Williams said she is learning to dial back her relentless pursuit of perfection, one of the hallmarks of her career.

"I always feel like I'm not perfect unless I'm perfect," Williams said.

"That's not a fun way to live your career and live your life.

"So it doesn't matter if I lose 20 points in a row now. I just feel like, 'It's OK, it's fine, I'm here, and I'm happy.’ I get to play tennis after all these years.”





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