Murray feels heat

 Andy Murray

Andy Murray

CINCINNATI. — Andy Murray admitted on Monday he doesn’t know how he’ll perform in his US Open tennis title defence, but he hopes a solid showing in Cincinnati this week will help him prepare. The world number two from Scotland, who ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s champion last month, said that despite winning two Grand Slams he faces a new challenge when defending the American title. “A lot of the pressure comes from yourself, how much you want to keep doing and how much you want to keep working,” Murray said.

“I hope there’s still pressure there and I hope there’s still some expectation. There will be nerves and stuff. It’s going to be a new experience for me, though, at the US Open. I’ve never defended a Grand Slam title before, and hopefully I’ll deal with that OK.”

The US Open begins on August 26. Murray, meanwhile, has another practice day in Cincinnati as he waits to face Mikhail Youzhny or Ernests Gulbis — the Latvian who beat him last week in the second round of the Montreal Masters.

In first-round matches of the combined WTA and ATP Masters tournament in Cincinnati on Monday, German Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated former finalist Mardy Fish 7-5, 6-2. — AFP.

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