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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 September 2006, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
Wake up, Andy
Jonathan Overend
By Jonathan Overend
BBC Five Live tennis correspondent in New York

Andy Murray
Murray shows signs of fatigue against Davydenko

This has been a great summer for Andy Murray and his lethargic defeat by Nikolay Davydenko at the US Open was a real shame.

Since Wimbledon, the last 16 is actually his worst result. Elsewhere, he's had a final, two semi-finals and a quarter-final.

Any player would be proud of those results, which is why the manner of his exit on Wednesday was so disappointing.

Davydenko played pretty well, but Murray just didn't show up and it was the second morning in a row it had happened.

Before rain intervened on Tuesday, he lost the first set 6-1, and in the only set on Wednesday, starting at 11am, he lost 6-0.

Unfortunately that appears to be no coincidence. He much prefers later starts, and that's not really a request a world-class athlete can make for the rest of his career.

Murray said he slept well the night before the restart and prepared in the same way, but he knows he needs to work on this problem and be up for it whatever time of day.

Most people would be happy with Murray winning a Grand Slam at 48

Jonathan Overend

When you're scheduled at 11, why not shift the whole day forward? For one day only, get up at 6, have breakfast at 7 and then do things. Practise early, get into the day so it's not such a shock to the system when the match begins.

He joked afterwards that "the TV know I don't play my best in the morning". But I'm told Sky didn't request the restart should be first on court - it was a tournament decision.

Anyway, as I've said before, it will happen again, so get used to it!

However, it's a shame everyone is talking about this, because it's been a great summer for him.

Look at the people he's beaten - Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, Tim Henman (twice), Robby Ginepri, Fernando Gonzalez - these are world-class players.

But this is the frustration I think we're going to have with Murray over the next decade.

We know he can beat the best players - he has also beaten Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick - we know he has enormous natural talent, but then we hear him say things like "I don't like playing at 11 in the morning."

He shouldn't be given any time at all to sort that problem out, but in terms of winning a Grand Slam, he can have all the time he likes.

Most people would be happy with him winning a Grand Slam at 48.

Murray now will be around 17 in the world which is absolutely fabulous considering where he was and I'm looking forward to the rest of this year because I still think he can get some very, very good results.



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