Andy Murray crashes out of US Open in second round straight sets defeat by brilliant 20 year old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime as opening marathon race takes its toll
- Andy Murray received a brilliant Felix Auger-Aliassime display
- The 20-year-old Canadian won 52 winners and 24 aces, beating Brit in three sets
- He was so dominant that he didn’t even have to face a single breakpoint
- Murray said: ‘I’m back to square one, ranked 115 and my game reflects that’
Andy Murray collided with the future in the second round of the US Open and found that he had no answers to it.
A scintillating performance by 20-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada proved way too strong in their late night encounter at Flushing Meadows, and he was powerless to defeat a 6-2 6-3 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes.
Murray looked a bit creaky after his opening match and couldn’t answer his opponent’s 52 winners and 24 aces, who played almost flawlessly to amplify the growing hype around him.
Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open in a straight sets defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime
The Canadian put down a masterclass and didn’t even encounter a breakpoint
It appeared that the previous marathon race had taken its toll on 33-year-old Murray
The younger man’s dominance was so great that even against a great returner like the 33-year-old Scot, he didn’t even have to see a breaking point. Murray was sometimes reduced to the role of a spectator as huge forehand blows flashed past him into corners.
The next stop for Auger-Aliassime is the winner of the match between Dan Evans and Corentin Moutet, suspended due to rain while evenly balancing late in the third set. By then Murray is back home contemplating the postponed clay court season.
The marathon against Yoshihito Nishioka had taken its toll. “It certainly didn’t help,” said Murray. ‘It’s the longest game I’ve played in a long time. The more tournaments you play, you build up that robustness. At the moment I don’t really have that.
‘I’m back to square one, ranked 115 in the world and my game reflects that. Physically I got through the first game well. Much of my body felt pretty good, but there were a few bits that felt a bit painful.
Rain sounded on the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium in an eerie environment
Maybe it wouldn’t have mattered much, because he clearly played very well. He played as I expected. He served better than maybe in the last few weeks, got a lot of free points. ‘
Auger-Aliassime sniffed out every chance of a comeback and showed what an outstanding athlete he is with his sheer strength and grace of movement.
“Even with nerves I served well, that was key,” he said. In the back of your mind you always know you’re facing Andy Murray, even at the end it’s not easy because he’s a great champion and you never know.
Murray came out, not to the cheers of a crowd, but to the sound of the rain falling on the massive roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Auger-Aliassime hit 52 winners and 24 aces to get the job done quickly in three sets
That was to accompany a pretty scorching first set, in which the Scot was severely punished for not hitting enough first serve and hitting just one winner compared to his opponent’s eighteen.
Murray, looking a bit stiff and failing to get off his legs while serving, was broken prematurely and couldn’t get close to repairing the damage, but broke for a second time at the end of it a good dose.
The absence of a crowd would likely work in the less experienced player’s favor, and he calmly grounded his foundations. His forehand is boisterous at times, but more often devastating, while his lawsuit is exceptional. His touch around the net also stood out.
There were some understandable grimaces from the Scotsman, who had to drain the blood from his toes after his first-round five-set epic, the suspense of which seemed to have sealed his fate.
The youngster looks like a brilliant prospect and there was no crowds on the audience
Murray admitted that his ranking of 115 in the world reflected where his game is today
Murray enjoyed more success in the second as he managed to divert more wins to the Canadian’s backhand and forced a mini-wobble at 3-3, only to miss a simple forehand volley that might have opened a break opportunity .
Auger-Aliassime then made him pay for it by breaking himself and giving the older player a wrong footing. Coming back from two sets for the eleventh time in Murray’s career would be much more difficult now, and he seemed to know.
Murray always remained competitive, but the question was whether the younger player, who came to see him on the same field as a spectator at the age of 11, would hesitate.
He broke decisively, on a fourth break point for 3-2 and didn’t look back from there.