• Andy Murray comes back to the US Open after two years
  • The former champion will face Yoshihito Nishioka for the first time
  • The Japanese reached his career-high of No.48 last February after his Delray Beach Open runner-up finish
NEW YORK – Andy Murray makes his long-awaited return to the US Open for the first time in two years, opening his campaign against Yoshihito Nishioka.

 

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Andy Murray v Yoshihito Nishioka | First Meeting

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Despite the bubble and the absence of fans, Andy Murray feels pumped to compete again in a major. The 2012 US Open champion is 45-12 in the tournament. He’ll begin his 13th campaign in New York, the first since 2018, against lefty Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka who gone further than the fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament.

“It’s been a long kind of journey to kind of get back to this point. Hopefully actually you’re going to compete at a slam in a few days’ time where I’m not worried, I don’t know, about how I’m going to be, how my hip’s going to feel, things like that. The last time that would have been was in the 2017 French Open”

said Murray in his pre-tournament press conference.

At the Western & Southern Open, he won a couple of long and emotional battle over Frances Tiafoe and Alexander Zverev. In those stressful matches, his body felt good although he admitted not to be as quick as he used to be.

Speed could become a factor against the Japanese who reached his career-high at No.48 last February. He began the season with a meagre 6-15 win-loss at Grand Slam-level, before moving to the third round as he beat Brit No.1 Dan Evans before losing to World No.1 Novak Djokovic.

 

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In 2020, the former US Open junior semi-finalist recovered three times from a set down en route to the Delray Beach Open final. Nishioka was also Japan’s No. 1 man at the Davis Cup Finals, where he defeated France’s Gael Monfils to seal his second career Top-10 win.

He came back to the US Open, where he played on Arthur Ashe stadium as he lost to Roger Federer a couple of years ago, for the sixth time. The tenacious, battling Japanese, as short as the two-time quarter-finalist Diego Schwartzman, lacks power but his consistence and anticipation help him to compensate that weakness. Murray will need his charisma and his angled returns to maximise his complete array of world-class shots.

 

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Murray and Nishioka are scheduled first on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday, at 12pm (5pm BST).

 

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