Murray faces uphill task to win first slam

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Updated: September 8, 2011

British number one Andy Murray has spoken about his ‘incredible task’ he now faces to win his first Grand Slam. Two days of torrential rain in New York has meant Murray is stuck in the 4th round when he should be playing his quarter final game. He managed just three games in his fourth round tie against Donald Young.

He is scheduled to resume his game with Young at 4pm GMT on Thursday, weather permitting of course. In an attempt to win the US Open, Murray is faced with playing four five set games in four days. If he completes and wins his fourth round game, he must then play his quarter final on Friday, then semi final on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

Murray is not the only player to be left angered at the organisers, Rafa Nadal has hit out with the tournament organisers after he had to begin his fourth round tie with Giles Muller in the rain. The Spaniard went 3-0 on a wet court before complaining to the umpire and the players then went off. Andy Roddick also joined the duo in an emergency meeting with the ATP as they made known their issues and feelings.

On the other side of the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are both through to the quarter finals already.

“It’s an incredible task now,” Murray told BBC Radio 5 Live. “It’s incredibly difficult anyway with the guys who are at the top of the game but there’s not a whole lot we can do.”The days are quite draining. Today, for example, we were told 4.30pm [to play] so we were warming for 4.30pm, then it was 4.45pm – and it’s every 15 minutes until 5.30pm.
Murray, Nadal and Roddick all hit out at the tournament referees for making them go on court in what they described as ‘unsafe conditions’
“It was still raining when we went out,” said Murray. “You can’t play on a hard court when it’s raining because the lines are so slippy.

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Matt Taylor with the weather forecast for the US Open.
“They had towels along the back of the court, it was still soaking wet and the balls were going into puddles.
“The referee said it wasn’t in play but, if you chase down a lob or you’re pushed back, it is in play.
“They [referees] stand on the court and say it looks all right but, if you try moving at the speed we’re moving at and changing direction, it’s completely different. It just didn’t make sense.
“It’s a huge task for everyone on my side of the draw. We want to get on the court and play but we’re not going to go on there if it’s unsafe.”
Play is to resume today at 4pm but the weather forecast does not look too good for Thursday either with showers forecast.
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By Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport

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