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Andy battles through cramp to defeat Haase

Andy battles through cramp to defeat Haase

Andy overcame a worrying bout of cramp to beat Dutchman Robin Haase in four sets and avoid a shock first-round exit at the US Open.

The Briton, seeded eighth, won 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-5 in three hours and eight minutes inside a sweltering Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Haase, the world number 70, had looked capable of handing the Brit his first opening-round defeat at a Grand Slam since 2008 when he won nine straight games. However despite cramping, and choosing not to sit down at the changeovers, Murray twice recovered from a break down in a wildly unpredictable fourth set to seal the win with both men ailing in the intense conditions.

Andy now goes on to face German qualifier Matthias Bachinger, who beat Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Speaking after the match Andy said “I started cramping at the beginning of the third set, at the front of my quad and then in my forearm, it was not particularly comfortable and I just tried to hang around as long as possible and managed to get through. I was in a good position at 2-0 up but I didn’t know whether to go for it at the beginning of the third set or conserve energy and go for it in the fourth.”