Andy Murray makes spectacular return to Grand Slam stage with victory at US Open
Andy Murray made a spectacular return to the Grand Slam singles stage with a gruelling five-set victory in the first round of the US Open.
The Scot was two sets and a break down, and faced a match point in the fourth set, against Japanese world number 49 Yoshihito Nishioka.
But it was as if Murray, playing his first major singles match since undergoing career-saving hip surgery 20 months ago, had never been away as he put himself, his coach, and his opponent through the wringer.
Comeback. Complete.@andy_murray rallies from two sets down to stun Nishioka and advance to Round 2! #USOpen pic.twitter.com/K7WM4w6V6J
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 1, 2020
The 33-year-old, who usually feeds off the tension of playing in front of a packed crowd, was as flat as the atmosphere at Flushing Meadows in the opening two sets.
But the fierce competitor eventually re-emerged, battling through two tie-breaks before finishing off the Japanese baseliner 4-6 4-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4) 6-4 in four hours and 38 minutes.
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