‘I found a way to win,’ says Andy Murray after battling into Rotterdam second round
Andy Murray said he was much happier with his mental strength that his tennis after beating Robin Haase in Rotterdam.
The former world number one made things tough for himself, losing the first set and requiring a tiebreaker to claim the second.
He then found himself 0-3 down in the decider, but he was able to rediscover some old magic to close out 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win.
“I found a way and actually at the end started to play a bit better,” Murray told the ATP after the match.
“From the mental side and the physical side was positive. I thought I moved pretty well.
“I played for two-and-a-half hours and my hips and groin and stuff felt good, so that was positive. But from a tennis side it was average at best.”
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“I think from the mental side, I did really well to win because I was really struggling with my game for probably about an hour-and -a-half of that match.
“I haven’t really felt like that many times in my career. I was mistiming the ball, it was very strange.
“I didn’t quite know what to do out there and then when I sort of did feel I was making the right decisions, I was just mistiming the ball. It wasn’t coming off my racquet like usual.”
Andy Murray will now face either Andrey Rublev or Marcos Giron in the second round.
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