Andy Murray is on a roll this year, notching his third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and his second Olympic gold medal a few weeks later in Rio. If he enters a tournament, there’s a pretty good chance the Scotsman will be in the finals — he’s gone to the last seven straight. But at the US Open Murray had looked a bit fatigued and uncertain — until he obliterated Grigor Dimitrov (6-1, 6-2, 6-2) in the round of 16.
What was the difference? Murray got some sleep. “I hadn’t been sleeping great here,” Murray told the media after the Dimitrov victory. “Sleep’s the most important thing,” Murray revealed. That and not stressing, he says. Murray normally has “no issues sleeping” but he’s been tossing and turning. Murray gave credit for his renewed pep during the Dimitrov match to finally getting proper rest, saying “I don’t know if it’s been because of the Labor Day weekend, but it’s been much quieter. There’s no noise in the city, really. Maybe that helped.” Unfortunately for Murray, the city is back in full autumn swing with the holiday over. Ear plugs?