Battling end to “positive” US Open for Team Bath MCTA Tennis ace Marcus Daniell

06 September 2016

Team Bath MCTA Tennis player Marcus Daniell says he “can’t be too unhappy” after a good week at the US Open came to an end in battling fashion on Monday night. 

Daniell and men’s doubles partner Brian Baker put up a fine effort in their third-round match against Great Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares before going down 6-3 7-6(7) to the number-four seeds and Australian Open champions.

The unseeded pairing had a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreak of a match played in the brand-new 8,000-seater Grandstand Arena at Flushing Meadows and Daniell said he and Baker could be proud of their efforts.

“We gave ourselves plenty of opportunities but missed by inches on every one,” said Daniell, who has played in all four Grand Slams this year and represented his native New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I feel like I played very well overall so can’t be too unhappy about the loss. If I keep putting myself in these situations it will click eventually.

“This has been a positive tournament and I’m pumped to bring this form into Davis Cup.”

Daniell – coached at the University of Bath Sports Training Village by Dave Sammel, Ian MacDonald and Bob Smith – is heading back to New Zealand for the Asia/Oceania Davis Cup Group 1 tie against Pakistan from September 16-18.

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