Tennis – US Open ’18: Andy Murray Makes A Winning Return
Andy Murray made a blazing comeback to Grand Slam tennis, as he defeated Australia’s James Duckworth in the US Open’s initial round.
The 31-year-old won 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 6-3 on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at Flushing Meadows.
It was Murray’s first best-of-five-set match in 14 months, having had medical procedure on a long-term hip damage in January.
For the first time since Wimbledon last year Andy Murray is a winner at a Grand Slam, beats James Duckworth in four sets. Not especially pretty but a Usain Bolt-style sprint in the last game. Job done.
— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) 27 August 2018
The Scot will now play Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the ongoing US Open 2018.
He has confronted a lengthy, difficult experience to recuperation subsequent to selecting to have medical procedure, returning early this year and despite everything he was not sufficiently fit to play five sets at Wimbledon.
This hasn’t been the greatest spectactle, but watching Andy Murray screaming ‘Come on!!!!’ with such passion after a service hold is just awesome. He’s been missed.
— George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) 27 August 2018
Indications of pressure were clear as he surrounded his first Slam win since beating France’s Benoit Paire in the Wimbledon fourth round a year ago, a double fault at 30-15 in the last diversion briefly deferring his triumph.
In any case, a sharp scamper from the baseline finished in an extending scoop over the net before an intense first serve on coordinate point put Duckworth on the back foot.
Another one bites the dust! #USOpen #tennis not on counciltv, Sky, Eurosport or BT. Just as well @andy_murray not at the height of his powers. Another reason to pull the plug on the lot of them. #Pro14, #LaLiga, #PGA, and so on.
— David Begg (@dadbegg) 27 August 2018
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