US Open 2014: Matthias Bachinger takes heart from beating Andy Murray once – when he was 14

World No 235 played 'my best match ever' to beat Radek Stepanek and reach the main draw in New York

flushing meadows

If insufficient preparation was one of the reasons why Andy Murray suffered body cramps during his first-round victory here at the US Open he might like to compare experiences with his next opponent. Matthias Bachinger was in Europe the day before his opening match and had not played on a hard court all summer.

Bachinger, the world No 235, was not ranked high enough to earn a place even in last week’s qualifying tournament – he was in 23rd place on the original list of alternates – but as players withdrew he rose up the pecking order.

On Monday last week the 27-year-old German became the last player to make the qualifying field. On Tuesday he flew to New York and on Wednesday he played in the first round of qualifying. Three wins in three days took him into the main draw and on Monday he played “my best match ever” to beat Radek Stepanek, the world No 39, for his first Grand Slam victory.

“My preparation was not very good, but from the beginning I had a very good feeling,” Bachinger said. “I served unbelievably against Stepanek. He did not have any break points. I played really well. I served good, returned really well. It was maybe the best tennis day of my life.”

Bachinger, who describes himself as an attacking baseliner, reached a career-high No 85 in the world rankings three years ago. After health issues he now plays mostly on the Challenger circuit, which this year has taken him to Guadeloupe, Kyoto, Guangzhou, New Delhi and Guadalajara.

Bachinger has never played Murray at senior level but recalled playing the Scot regularly when they were 14. “I won one time, 7-6 in the third set,” Bachinger said. “I’ve never forgotten that because in juniors he was really, really good. Then I think I lost to him three times. He always wanted to win, 100 per cent. He was fighting for every ball, just like he does now. You could see he would be a top star.”

Bachinger watched the latter stages of Murray’s first-round victory over Robin Haase, which was played in the middle of the day in temperatures that topped 30C. “He had some problems, but at the end he won, like he usually does,” Bachinger said. “I was very surprised he was cramping because he is normally really fit. I’ve never seen him cramping before, but he’s human, not a machine.”

The temperature is predicted to rise to 32C on Wednesday but will fall to 27C on Thursday, when Bachinger will play Murray. The Scot said that he was still unable to explain why he had cramped the previous day.

“I felt physically ready before the match,” he said. “Last night before I went to bed I felt fine. I woke up today with no aches or pains. It would suggest it was something I hadn’t eaten or drunk before I went out there.”

He added: “I don’t play my next match until Thursday. I need to hydrate before then and get a lot of food in the body.” Murray also revealed that his physical problems had continued when he left the court on Monday. “I didn’t feel great in the locker room for half an hour, 40 minutes afterwards,” he said. “Getting your shoes, ankle braces and socks off is not that easy when you are cramping. I had some pasta, some sports drink, banana, and an ice bath.”

News
people
News
Amazon's drones were unveiled last year.
business
Arts and Entertainment
Russell Tovey, Myanna Buring and Julian Rhind Tutt star in Banished
tvReview: The latest episode was a smidgen less depressing... but it’s hardly a bonza beach party
Life and Style
Worth shelling out for: Atlantic lobsters are especially meaty
food + drink
News
i100
Sport
Gareth Bale
footballPaul Scholes on how Real Madrid's Welsh winger would be a perfect fit at Old Trafford if he leaves Spain
Arts and Entertainment
Lily James in ‘Cinderella’
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss