Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/1/12
It was not really a day to play tennis for three hours and 53 minutes against a tough and determined opponent, but that was what Andy Murray had to endure in the third round of the US Open when he met an old foe, the 30th-seeded Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez. A year ago, the pair had also met in the third round and Murray had swept through, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. This time, it was entirely different. "It was close," said Lopez with understatement. The score was 7-6(5), 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4). At the end of the third set, it looked as if Murray was fading physically. "He did look really tired at the end of the third, but that happens," said Lopez, who played some of his best tennis of the year. "But that can happen to a player for a while in a match, and he played better than me in the fourth-set tiebreak." Murray acknowledged he had to fight through a period when his energy levels dropped and put it down to the fact that he had not been able to undergo his usual three-week training bl...
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