Andy Murray: ‘I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage to hip by playing’

• World No1 hampered by hip injury during Wimbledon defeat to Sam Querrey
• ‘The US Open is weeks away. If it means a few weeks’ rest, then so be it’

With uncanny synchronicity, the electronic scoreboard behind Andy Murray clicked to show that Roger Federer, a monument to longevity, had broken Milos Raonic to lead 4-2 in their Wimbledon quarter-final just as the injured Scot was hinting he might not play again before the US Open, which begins on 28 August – 20 days after the Swiss’s 36th birthday.

Murray, who turned 30 in May, lost in five sets against Sam Querrey, and is feeling the rigours of the game more than he might have imagined after rising to world No1 last November. He was sanguine in defeat, an ordeal stretched over two hours and 42 minutes on Centre Court that clearly strained his throbbing hip to the limit of his pain threshold.

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