Andy Murray has said that he felt proud of his efforts despite his US Open third round exit to 13th seed Matteo Berrettini.
This was the first time Murray had reached the third round at Flushing Meadows in six years, with his last appearance on the stage coming in 2016.
While Berrettini was able to win the match, Murray did manage to take a set off him and saved eight break points in the third to keep the contest alive. However, in the end, the Italian was too strong for Murray on the day and won the match with a scoreline of 6-4 6-4 6-7(1) 6-3.
Despite the loss, the British star was proud of his effort. Speaking to the reporters, as quoted by the National News, Murray said that he was still able to compete with the top players of the game.
"I've got a metal hip. It's not easy playing with that. It's really difficult. I'm surprised I'm still able to compete with guys that are right up at the top of the game," he told reporters.
"Matches like this, you know, I'm really proud that I have worked myself into a position where I'm able to do that … it's been a difficult six years for me. It's been really hard."
Murray also opened up on being motivated and said that a lot of people said that he would not be able to compete professionally again. The former World No.3 said that he wants to see how close he can get back to the very top of tennis.
"Lots of people told me I wouldn't be able to play again, and lots of people told me I'd be able to hit tennis balls but not compete professionally again," said Murray.
"That was nonsense, and I want to see how close I can get back to the top of the game."
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