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Saturday 10 December 2016

Andy Murray smashes his racket after crashing out of the US Open

Andy Murray, of the United Kingdom, reacts after losing a point to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Andy Murray, of the United Kingdom, reacts after losing a point to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Andy Murray tumbled out of the US Open and was one racquet down after losing his temper during the fourth-round defeat to Kevin Anderson.

The Scot let out a string of expletives during the break between the second and third sets, seemingly frustrated by the time Anderson was taking in a break off the court.

Then after dropping serve in the third set, he smashed a racquet on the court, breaking it beyond repair and handing it to a spectator as an unexpected souvenir.

Speaking about the tension in the match, Murray later said: "In the second set I felt like I was starting to put pressure on him there. When I had the break point at 5-3, I had a backhand pass that I really should have made. When you're playing against players that are at that level, like him, you need to obviously make them think and then give them a chance to get nervous.

 

 

"The beginning of the fourth set, as well, I think it was his first service game, I had 15-all, hit a drop shot, mid-court forehand, then ended up winning the next couple of points.

"I felt like I had my opportunities there but didn't manage to capitalise on them. When you're playing against someone as good as him, you know, it's tough."

Big-serving South African Anderson played the match of his life to win 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/0).

Anderson has been helped by a sports psychologist and believes he has been able to keep his composure and focus in high-pressure matches because of that off-court guidance.

He said: "I think especially at this level, there's such fine details. I think a lot of the physical side, obviously I'm working on that. But I felt just from the mental side, being as neutral as possible in these big match-ups, somebody just to talk through, you know, sort of understands how I think and stuff has definitely been a huge benefit for me.

"I definitely feel even though it's a gradual process, I feel like I'm on the right path and making good decisions."

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