Marcos impressed in his run to the US Open third round, eventually losing in four sets to Stanislas Wawrinka, who is now through to the quarter-finals against Andy Murray. On his return home, Marcos reflected on his performance at Flushing Meadows.

“I really think that I played very well at the US Open,” said Marcos. “My first two rounds were great. I played some fantastic tennis, especially against [Kevin] Anderson. I felt that I played the same level like in the 2006 Australian Open.

“In the third round against Stan, I started the match a bit too thoughtful. The first two sets I was kind of trying to feel the same like I felt against Anderson and didn’t really think of just playing. Even though I was a break up in the first set, I was too passive with my backhand and gave him time to play and he dictated the game.

“In the third set though I just told myself to just relax a bit and hit the ball a bit harder. I started to get control of the points and gave him less time too. I played two great sets but unfortunately lost the fourth and the match.

“This summer in the states was great. We learned a lot with my coach after the two defeats in Montreal and Cincinnati. I believe that we are on the same way and the right way and also that the results will come.”

Marcos will return to action on 16 September at the St. Petersburg Open, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament. He follows that with visits to Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Shanghai.

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