British tennis legend Andy Murray has outlined simply how gruelling the time between his unimaginable win over Thanasi Kokkinakis and his eventual defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut was.
Following his third spherical loss, taking place to the Spaniard in 4 units, Murray advised reporters he’d gotten simply three hours sleep after the five-set epic earlier than receiving therapy.
“I slept from six till 9 the morning I performed the match with Kokkinakis, which clearly is not sufficient,” he mentioned with a smile.
“Then I needed to are available right here. I had about seven or eight blisters that I needed to have drained after which he put this liquid in to dry it.
“I needed to are available within the morning to present that point to settle. Then I went again to the resort, slept for a number of hours, after which hit for, like, quarter-hour yesterday. Yeah, simply the ice baths, noticed my physio.”
Murray mentioned that regardless of the loss final night time, he was happy with his performances.
“I imply, I really feel like I gave every part that I needed to this occasion. So I am happy with that,” he mentioned.
“That’s actually, in no matter you are doing, all you are able to do. You possibly can’t at all times management the end result. You possibly can’t management how effectively you are going to play or the outcome.
“You possibly can management the hassle that you simply put into it, and I gave every part that I had the final three matches. I am very happy with that.”
The 35-year-old got here perilously near retiring as soon as earlier than, again in 2019 – sarcastically, it was Bautista Agut that ended his Australian Open that night time as effectively.
However he mentioned that there is a lot extra left within the tank.
“I felt good about the best way that I used to be taking part in. It is extra pleasant for me after I’m taking part in like that, after I’m coming into a significant occasion and actually believing that I can do some harm,” he mentioned.
“However, yeah, I can have a deeper run than the third spherical of a slam, there isn’t any query about that. Clearly attracts can open up for you. I must additionally assist myself with that.
“If I used to be taking part in at this stage final yr, I in all probability would not be ranked 50, 60 on the planet. It is as much as me to attempt to change that.”