Everyone seems to have been saying he's one of the fittest players on tour. IMO his fitness is dodgy at best. After winning that 88 minute third set he was dead tired and was blatantly tanking in the 4th, especially the last service game where he just stood there, not doing anything. All the Australian commentators seemed to think that if the match is super long, physical and goes to 5, Murray will win and the opposite happened. Murray looked dead out there, while Djokovic seemed to gain second wind. He was also probably the freshest player in the tournament benefitting from Kukushkin retirement and Nishikori being tired after his marathon with Tsonga.
I remember the same thing in USO 2011, where Murray had semi-tough QF against Isner and looked absolutely dead against Nadal the next day.
If Murray isn't fit enough to play a long 5 setter after hardly being challenged all tournament, how can he win a slam, when he'll most surely have to play back to back physical matches against Nadal and Djokovic on the way to a slam?
i think you have a valid point.
he held on but he was fatigued. he was even drinking his fluids in between points right on the court. he tanked the 4th set when he should have pushed nole more to make sure that it was nole who would be tired in the 5th.
that said, he still has 2 major problems:
2. testicular fortitude
lendl can probably fix the pushing but where is going to go and buy him balls?