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Murray still has his eyes on the biggest of prizes



Andy Murray is staying positive

Andy Murray is staying positive


Andy Murray is staying positive

Andy Murray admits adding to his three grand slam titles will be a tough ask but insists he will continue to "shoot for the stars" for the rest of his career.

The 33-year-old Scot's US Open comeback was ended in the second round by Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime, 6-2 6-3 6-4, but 20 months after he announced he may have to quit tennis due to a chronic hip injury, just being on the starting grid at Flushing Meadows was a triumph in itself.

Murray's metal hip was certainly put to the test in an epic four-and-a-half hour, five-set marathon against Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round.

Those exertions proved just too much against rising star Auger-Aliassime, with the 20-year-old playing arguably the finest match of his career.

Nevertheless, Murray said: "Even after that I would say I'm more positive about what I could do in grand slams than I was before I came over here.

"To come over here and play a couple of tough matches in Cincinnati, and I played certainly one very tough match here, and my right hip felt good. That's really, really positive.

"There are other things that need to get better, but I would say I'm more positive now than I was a couple of months ago.

"In terms of winning grand slams again, that's going to be extremely difficult to do. It was hard enough when I had two normal hips. 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."

Cameron Norrie's run ended with a third-round loss to Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Victories over ninth seed Diego Schwartzman and Federico Coria made it Norrie's best grand slam showing and he looked to have a very good chance of reaching the last 16 against a 21-year-old opponent ranked just inside the top 100. But he went down 7-6 (2) 4-6 6-2 6-1.

British interest in the singles ended with a disappointing defeat for Dan Evans in his delayed second-round match against Frenchman Corentin Moutet, losing 4-6 6-3 7-6 (5) 7-6 (1).

Belfast Telegraph