Andy Murray's Western & Southern Open run ended by Milos Raonic

'Physically painful': Tennis fans stunned by inexplicable 'meltdown'

'Physically painful': Tennis fans stunned by inexplicable 'meltdown'

Murray got philosophical as he spoke about how he often appears to be negative on court, revealing his inner belief that has helped him mount the comeback he has after a hip injury that all but ended his career at the Australian Open previous year. This is a fantastic chance for Murray to reach the quarter-final of a big tournament with as good a field as the Covid-19 era can provide.

Next up for the Scot is Canadian Milos Raonic, who advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Dan Evans.

Various other tennis writers weighed in on the loss, which will come as a major blow for Zverev as the US Open draws near.

"If you watched my practice sets and stuff in the build-up to the tournament, I was getting belted by everyone". It's what obviously you do on the match court.

'But inside me I have a very, very strong self-belief and know that I can win matches like that.

Novak Djokovic had withdrawn from a doubles match due to a neck issue and showed signs of discomfort in a 7-6 (2) 6-4 win over Ricardas Berankis.

Earlier, Serena Williams was made to sweat in her opening match before overcoming Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 7-6 (7-0).

Williams saved a set point in the tiebreak before taking a one-set lead in 60 minutes against the 72nd-ranked lefty.

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Murray's fitness levels were being put to the test by the 23-year-old after some gruelling, high-intensity tennis, but the Briton, who is a two-time victor of the Cincinnati event, revelled in the competitive action.

A dip in speed on Murray's backhand allowed Zverev a way back into the contest to send the match into a deciding-set shoot-out on the Grandstand Court.

He delivered a spanking backhand victor to break through Zverev's fragile defence in the fourth game, but he let his lead slip in uncharacteristic fashion to allow the fifth seed a chance to serve for the match.

"At some point it's going to get better". "I didn't play well, yeah, it was not an excellent day". A foot blister hampered Muchova in the final set and helped Osaka, who struck 12 aces, set up a last-16 meeting with Dayana Yastremska.

'Sometimes if you're watching from the stands, you might think I get really down on myself and that I'm very negative, and I think outwardly I definitely am. It will be a rematch of their 2016 Wimbledon final.

"This is the thing I was working on for the past six months", he said.

Third seed Daniil Medvedev launched the defence of his title with a 6-4 6-4 second-round win over Marcos Giron.

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