ANDY Murray’s attempt to continue his winning streak at the Swiss Indoors in Basel was thwarted yesterday when he was forced to withdraw due to a freak injury thought to have been sustained in his sleep.
The world No 3 was looking to build on the momentum gained by winning three consecutive tournaments in Asia recently but a right gluteal strain meant he had to pull out of the ATP 500 event shortly before his first-round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands.
It is a stroke of bad luck for the Scot as he enters a crucial period towards the end of the season with the Paris Masters next week followed by the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and he was understandably in low spirits as he tried to describe the nature of the injury to his backside.
“I practised all of Monday followed by some physical training in the evening and I felt absolutely perfect,” said Murray. “But then I woke up on Tuesday morning and I was really struggling to walk. It is something to do with the sciatic nerve and they think I did it in my sleep. Maybe I was sleeping in a bad position.
“I am going to go to Paris today but I definitely need to take a few days off. I haven’t done enough in the past couple of days to do any more damage to it.
“I just wanted to try and keep the momentum from Asia going here if I could. Obviously not being able to play has stopped that process a little bit. But hopefully I will be OK for Paris and I will try and keep going there.”