“It was disappointing obviously,” Murray said. “I thought there was some good tennis in the first set. After that, both of us were struggling a bit physically.”
The two went back-and-forth in the 80-minute first set, one in which the Brit couldn’t convert any of the four set points he earned. He would nearly match Ymer shot for shot before the Swede met a Murray drop shot with a backhand down the line. Murray returned to the same spot, but Ymer was ready with a backhand winner to finish the set.
“I started cramping at the end of the first set,” Murray said. “After that, you’re just trying to, I guess, find a way and get through the match, if you can find a way to win.”
The three-time Grand Slam winner rebounded in the second, winning five of the final six games in the set to force the match to go the distance.
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