ANDY MURRAY says he will not panic and rush into appointing a new coach despite his shock US Open defeat.
The British No1 has been without a leading man since parting company with Miles Maclagan in July.
But even though defeat to Swiss 25th seed Stanislas Wawrinka brought another disappointing end to a Grand Slam tilt on Sunday night, the Scot insists he will not be rushed into making a decision on his future.
“You’ve got to be patient,” the world No4 said. “I was getting asked five, six days ago, ‘You’re playing great tennis, will you think about going without a coach?
“It’s based on one match. I’m not going to panic and hire someone to try and make things better. I’m going to take my time. I’m going to go home, have a rest, because I need it, and see what I decide to do after that.
“I’ll speak to all the guys I work with and see what’s gone well this year, what hasn’t gone so well. It’s one match and I wish I’d played better.
“I’m happy with the guys that I work with just now. They’re all very, very good at what they do so I’m not going to start changing everything. I’m still looking for a coach. That’s it.”
But while Murray was heading home, there was no such trouble for third seed Novak Djokovic, who cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 victory over American Mardy Fish last night.
Djokovic will now face Gael Monfils, the 17th seed, who cruised into the fourth round with a 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 victory over fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
The Serb, beaten finalist in 2007, said: “It was a great performance and probably the best so far in the tournament. I’m pleased I’m playing better and better.”
In the women’s draw, unseeded Dominika Cibulkova earned a place in the quarter-final after she beat 11th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).