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Andy Murray is out of the Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca after a health scare. Hundreds of his followers had been watching the stay stream of his match towards world No 240 Matteo Viola, they usually will need to have briefly feared the worst.
Early within the third set of his Three-6, 6-Four, 7-6 loss, Murray straightened up uncomfortably after a routine slice after which dropped to at least one knee on the courtroom. The primary thought was that his steel proper hip may need rebelled towards him – however on a second viewing the issue was clearly in his left leg.
That was the final level earlier than a change of ends, and Murray might be seen pulling his left foot again behind him in a quad stretch as he swigged from his water bottle. The difficulty regarded prefer it was cramp within the entrance of that left thigh – innocuous sufficient, maybe, however nonetheless alarming after the whole lot he has been by.
Murray took a medical time-out with Viola main Four-Three within the decider. He gave the impression to be having a therapeutic massage on his legs, which might once more recommend that he was cramping slightly than affected by something extra critical. If he had strained a muscle, it’s unlikely that he would have continued.
By the deciding-set tie-break, although, Murray regarded weary – judging by the weird period of time he was taking between service factors. The Mallorca Challenger may not be on a par with the US Open, however the calls for posed by per week of aggressive singles tennis are tough to simulate in observe.