Andy Murray sees a chance for Cam Norrie at the US Open

Andy Murray predicts a more open-than-usual US Open and believes Cameron Norrie can enjoy another deep run in a Grand Slam.

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Murray said: “It’s definitely more open this year but I would imagine some of the guys that you would expect to go deep are going to go deep like your (Daniil) Medvedevs.

“I would still expect Rafa to have a good tournament, (Carlos) Alcaraz and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas but I think there will be a chance for Cam there.

“Cam is in the top eight when Novak doesn’t play, right? So, that helps and it matters. It’s not guaranteed to make the job any easier, but it increases the odds because if a player loses in 15th or 16th place, you might not be playing against anyone in the top 25 before the quarter-finals.

“He’s been very consistent against guys placed below him for most of this year so he definitely has a chance to make a good run.”

Murray and Norrie faced off at the Western and Southern Opens last week, with the latter winning 3-6 6-3 6-4.

World No. 49 Murray, who won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows a decade ago, struggled with cramps during their two-hour, 38-minute bout.

It wasn’t the first time the 35-year-old was hampered by the issue, which also affected him against Mikael Ymer and Stan Wawrinka earlier this month.

“We’re trying to understand exactly why it’s happening because no one knows exactly why people get convulsions,” said Murray, who had a sweat test Wednesday.

“Some people think it might be related to hydration, conditioning, stress, or not eating the right things. There can be a number of factors that contribute to this. It could be an underlying medical condition and we’re just trying to get answers.

“Physically, I’m feeling pretty good in terms of (no) discomfort or pain, but I’ve had cramps for the past few weeks, which has been frustrating.”

While Murray was eliminated early in Cincinnati, he enjoyed watching Emma Raducanu form in the women’s tournament with impressive wins over Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

Raducanu has – understandably – struggled for consistency since her incredible success at the US Open last September, but the 19-year-old has put on some of her best tennis in the last few weeks before defending her title.

Murray added: “I think she played really well with Emma last week. I’ve seen a few of their games. I watched most of the game against Serena and then against (Jessica) Pegula and although she lost that one she plays much better.

“The balls they use here help a lot. They’re much lighter, the women’s ball, allowing her to get more out of her shots and her serves, and she seems to have been enjoying the conditions of the past week.

“I would imagine that here in New York she will be fast and enjoy the conditions and I would expect her to play well.”

While the British focus at Flushing Meadows will be Murray, Norrie and Raducanu, the eyes of the world will all be on global superstar Williams, who confirmed earlier this month that she would be “evolving” from tennis.

The US Open is expected to be the final tournament for the 23-time Grand Slam champion and while New York is synonymous with fairy tales, according to Murray, next week should be all about celebrating Williams’ extraordinary career.

“You and Venus have had a massive impact on the sport. They had Oscar-winning films made about their careers,” Murray added, citing Will Smith’s win for Best Actor for his portrayal of her father Richard in King Richard.

“Serena is way bigger than tennis. She’s a true global sports superstar pretty much everywhere she goes, and I think she’ll go down in history as the greatest player of all time.

“She has hardly played in recent years so expectations of her run should be very low but celebrations of her career should be very, very high. She’ll probably want this week to be about everything she’s accomplished, have a really nice send-off and make it more of a celebration than really upset that it’s the end.

– Andy Murray wears the Drive Collection from his signature AMC line, created to set a new standard in tennis performance apparel, during this year’s US Open. View the kit at www.castore.com/collections/amc

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