Andy Murray battled from two sets behind to win a US Open thriller but had eyes on only one place at Flushing Meadows – the emergency ice bath.
The former world No.1 toppled Yoshihito Nishioka in a five-set epic in his first Grand Slam appearance since January 2019 having twice gone under the knife for career-saving hip surgery.
World No.49 Nishioka took the first two sets 6-4, 6-4 but the 2012 champion showed all his resilience to restore parity, before winning the decider 6-4 to cap an emotional return.
Murray’s fitness has been the subject of intense debate and after a performance for the ages in New York, the Scot insisted emergency measures were called for.
“I need an emergency ice bath!” Murray, 33, said.
“They have an ice bath in the locker room and they said it was for emergencies. For me this is an emergency right now.