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Murray To Mayer: Take My Breath Away

Madrid, Spain

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray prevailed against Florian Mayer in two gruelling sets.

Andy Murray conceded that opponent Florian Mayer left him breathless at times during their tough second-round match at the Mutua Madrid Open Tuesday – and it wasn’t just because of the German’s impressive shot making and the Madrid altitude. The reigning US Open champion said that he was ‘struggling’ during the 24-point first-set tie-break after a series of draining points, coupled with the German’s unique playing style. 

“Yeah, I was struggling.  I think both of us were at the end of the first set,” Murray said. “There were so many long points. Also, it's hard to explain, but if you're playing someone that plays with a nice rhythm it's a lot easier to breathe during the points.  You get into a rhythm of how the points are getting played. 

“Against him, he's playing different shots all of the time. Some low ones; some high ones; he's coming to the net; he makes you run forwards; backwards; and to the side.  You're quite tense in the rallies. I was finishing a lot of the points very out of breath.”

Chasing his first clay-court title, Murray next plays Frenchman Gilles Simon.

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