Former world No.1 Andy Murray has progressed to the second round of the US Open after battling past James Duckworth 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, in what was a battle of the comeback kids in New York.
Murray, who triumphed in Flushing Meadows back in 2012, is playing in only his sixth tournament since returning from a hip injury. Furthermore, he was contesting his first best-of-five set match this season. Meanwhile, former top 100 player Duckworth has also suffered his fair share of injury woes. Undergoing five surgeries on his right foot, right shoulder and right elbow since 2017. Both players have endured misfortune, but it was Murray who managed to prevail in their clash. Hitting 31 winners to 29 unforced errors and converting six out of his 15 break point opportunities.
“At times it was tricky. Especially early on in the match. It was very, very lively and very hot.”Murray said during his on-court interview.
“The ball was flying around and James was serving big and playing a lot of drop shots. Throwing me off rhythm.
“I am happy I managed to get through that and play some good tennis at times.”
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