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  • Players cope with chronic Madrid late nights

    5/12/13 1:32 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Players cope with chronic Madrid late nights Late nights seem to be an integral part of the landscape in Madrid, with the quarter-final ATP programme not over until nearly 2 a.m.

    Players on the "early morning" shift did not leave the courts until around 4 a.m. after media, stretching, massage, food and ice baths for recovery.

    It happened to Stanislas Wawrinka after he earned his semi-final spot at the Caja Magica over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, with the Swiss almost tweeting every step of his post-match routine. And Andy Murray drew the short straw the night before when he finished up at the relatively early hour of 1:15 a.m. in the notoriously late-night capital.

    The Scot returned the next day to lose to Tomas Berdych, with Murray saying he felt better than he had expected during his second match in 24 hours.

    "It's obviously not that often you finish at that time. But the thing that's hard is that you know you're a couple of weeks away from playing (the French Open), it's a really important stretch, this one.

    "You need to make sure that when you finish you do all the right recovery stuff and eat properly. Last night after the match I did my ice bath, I had a proper meal, a stretch, and a massage.

    "But that obviously means going to bed at just after 4:00, which isn't perfect. But you have to do it sometimes. Matches do run on. It happens sometimes in the slams as well. Difference there is you get an extra day off."

    Despite the inconvenience, Murray knows that nothing will change anytime soon in Madrid scheduling: "The Spaniards like starting late, so you've just got to deal with it."

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