Andy Murray looked down and out during his long-awaited return to Grand Slam tennis yesterday, as the Brit was behind by two sets and a break against his opponent Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the US Open.
But one thing we know by now about the Scotsman is that he's a true fighter, and he will never give up without a fight.
So it should have come as no surprise when the end result was in favour of Murray.
Murray eventually managed to pull off a miraculous comeback, with the final score being 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in the former Team GB representative’s favour.
This is Murray's first major singles win since his last at the 2019 Australian Open, before his prolonged break caused by him having to go through career-saving hip surgery.
Murray started his first round in the 2020 US Open looking somewhat quite rusty, which was to be perhaps expected after having to take such a long break. However, Murray was not down and out, showing his fighting spirit once again, which helped him to win this match.
It was a long and gruelling first round match for Murray, that lasted just over four-and-a-half hours, but completing the comeback and getting through it relatively unscathed is a major milestone for the Brit.
Murray will now face Canadian 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliamssime in the second round of the Open.
It must’ve been a weird experience for Murray making his Grand Slam return without any fans in attendance, after last competing in the Australian Open. An athlete may sometimes rely on the crowd to help channel their fighting spirit, but this time for Murray, he had to fire himself up.
He will be ecstatic that he managed to pick up a win in his first Grand Slam match since his return, especially given the fact it was also his first five-setter since his return too.
Murray was expectedly exhausted after playing for such a long time, he even had to have treatment on his toes going into the fifth set.
The 33-year-old also stated he needed to use the ice bath in the locker room which is there for “emergencies only” as he will need every bit of help towards his recovery going into the second round of the tournament.News Now - Sport News