Andy Murray admits he 'needs a break and he needs it now

Andy Murray says he is itching for a break after an exhausting few months, following Great Britain's 3-2 defeat to Argentina in the dramatic Davis Cup semi-final.

The 29-year-old had a non-stop summer when he reached the French Open final, followed by his second Wimbledon triumph, before successfully defending his Olympic gold in Rio.

A tired Murray then lost to Japan's Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Murray was involved in both the singles and doubles matches in the Davis Cup semi-final defeat against Argentina, including a five-hour marathon against Juan Martin del Potro.

'I have played so much tennis in the last few months, I need a break and I need it now,' Murray was quoted as saying by The Times.

'I knew I was going to be in some pain this weekend and I spoke to my team about that it was going to be really hard. But my expectations were less than what I'm feeling now.'

Murray is next scheduled to play in the China Open, which starts on October 3, followed by the Shanghai Masters.

Sings of fatigue began to tell after complaints of a thigh injury during his straight sets win against Guido Pella, and the world No 2 admits he was concerned.

'I've never really had any muscle injuries before. That was worrying for me and thankfully I managed to get it done in straight sets,' Murray said.

Great Britain were knocked out of the Davis Cup on Sunday evening after Leonardo Mayer beat Dan Evans in four sets to complete a 3-2 victory.

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