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Andy Murray has admitted he may have to consult a nutritionist after suffering severe cramp during his tense first-round victory over Robin Haase at the US Open.

The British No.1 needed four sets to defeat world No.70 Haase in sweltering conditions at Louis Armstrong Stadium, surviving a mid-match slump and heavy cramp in his right thigh and other parts of his body on his way to a 6-3 7-6(8) 1-6 7-5 victory.

After the match, Murray said the injury caught him by surprise after his body showed no signs of fatigue during the build-up.

"I might speak to a nutritionist and look at what I had eaten the last three, four days," Murray said. "I don't think I was that dehydrated, because I needed to go to the toilet when I got off the court. And not to be too graphic, but it wasn't like it was like brown. I was fine.

"I wasn't particularly dehydrated. I don't know exactly what happened, but I will try to get to the bottom of it before I play again."

Murray started strongly, sealing a double break in the first set as Haase was caught out by the spin on the Briton's backhand slice. But there were signs of rustiness from Murray as the match moved into the second set and the No.8 seed was fortunate to seal it on a tiebreak.

"It was tough," Murray said. "Normally [cramp] is a gradual thing, but after maybe two-and-a-half, three hours you start to feel like that.

"It just came extremely early on and in a stage where sometimes nerves can bring it on. I certainly wasn't nervous at the beginning of the third set after just winning a tough second set.

"I feel or I felt extremely good before the match, and I did train very hard to get ready for the tournament. For me it was unexpected, and therefore, quite difficult mentally to deal with, because sometimes it can happen in one area of your body.

"But when it starts to kind of go everywhere, you don't know exactly where it's going to creep up next. When you stretch one muscle, something else then cramps, too."

Murray faces world No.235 Matthias Bachinger in the second round, with the German appearing in the second stage of a grand slam for the first time in his career after defeating the veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-2 6-2. And Murray will be hoping there is no repeat of the muscle problems that blighted yesterday's match.

"If it was through fatigue in one part of your body, that would probably be down to conditioning," Murray said. "But cramping in my left forearm? I mean, I didn't use my left forearm a whole lot today compared with other parts of my body, so I would expect it would be something to do with what I have eaten or something or not eaten."

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