Murray overcomes Henman hangover

Last updated at 08:47 28 October 2005

Andy Murray admitted he was still hung over from his momentous win over Tim Henman as he battled through yesterday's clash with Tomas Berdych at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors.

Murray made it through to the third round with a 6-4 2-6 6-4 success over his Czech opponent, but the Scottish sensation had to dig deep to stay in the Basel event.

"The hardest thing was the mental side, because my match against Tim was very tough on my head and my body was also a bit stiff the morning after because there were a lot of nerves and adrenaline," said 18-year-old Murray.

"So it was a bit difficult because physically I didn't feel that great, but once I got going and got the first set out of the way I felt much better."

Murray will tonight face Chilean fourth seed Fernando Gonzalez for a place in the semi-finals.

The 25-year-old right-hander reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon this year and has won two ATP Tour events in 2005 in Amersfoort and Auckland.

However, Murray feels Gonzalez is something of a Jekyll and Hyde performer who is prone to the odd lapse in concentration.

"He makes a lot of winners but he makes a lot of mistakes," said Murray. "If he plays his best he can win against anyone, but if he plays badly then I think I have a chance."

British number two Greg Rusedski booked his place in the quarter-finals of the St Petersburg Open with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 comeback win over American Kevin Kim.

The 32-year-old, who beat home favourite Dmitry Tursunov in his first-round match on Wednesday, will next face second seed Thomas Johansson of Sweden this afternoon.

"We've had many tough battles and I know it's going to be a difficult match," said Rusedski, who has won just four of his 11 previous meetings with Johansson.

Rusedski also took time out to congratulate Murray on winning his 'Battle of Britain' clash against Henman earlier this week.

"Murray will be the top British player for many years," said the Canadian-born left-hander. "His potential is fantastic and to beat Tim was a great result for him."

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