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The 34-year-old overcame 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili by three sets to one in the opening round before digging deep to edge out Germany’s Oscar Otte in a fifth set decider on Wednesday.
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Andy Murray survived a scare as he came from behind to beat Oscar Otte in an epic five-setter and book his place in the third round of Wimbledon 2021 on Wednesday.
The two-time champion recovered from 2-1 down to force a deciding set, which he dominated to scrape over the line in just under four hours 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-2.
Murray took early control against the world number 151, who needed a tie-break decider to see off Arthur Rinderknech in thrilling first-round encounter, as he took the opening set 6-3.
The 34-year-old appeared on course to double his lead at 3-1 up in the second.
However, Otte hit back with a vengeance; reeling off four successive games on the way to levelling matters.
The German built on that momentum in the next; breaking in game seven as he turned the match on its head.
Needing a response, Murray dug deep in the fourth set as he broke in game seven on the way to setting up a decider.
Inspired by the raucous home crowd, the former world number one claimed a crucial break in the second game that put him in command.
And the Scotsman sealed the deal with a trademark lob setting up a third-round clash with 10th seed Denis Shapovalov, who received a bye following the withdrawal of Pablo Andujar.
There was further British joy as Dan Evans saw off Dusan Lajovic in straight sets, while Cameron Norrie came from behind to defeat Lucas Pouille 6-7 7-5 6-2 7-5.
Meanwhile, Katie Boulter put up a wonderful fight against second seed Aryna Sabalenka, who required a deciding set to prevail 4-6 6-3 6-3.
Reigning champion Novak Djokovic maintained his 100 per cent record against Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon.
The top seed made just six unforced errors as he claimed a fourth victory over the South African at SW19, advancing in straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-3.
Fifth seed Andrey Rublev also prevailed in straight sets against Lloyd Harris, as did 2017 finalist Marin Cilic against Salvatore Caruso.
Elsewhere, big-serving Matteo Berrettini hit 20 aces and 47 winners as he overcame Guido Pella 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-0, while ninth seed Diego Schwartzman came from behind to see off Liam Broady in four sets.
Over in the ladies’ draw, Iga Swiatek and Victoria Azarenka prevailed in straight sets against Vera Zvonareva and Kateryna Kozlova respectively, as did Karolina Pliskova against Donna Vekic.
Garbine Muguruza beat Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-1 6-4 and third seed Elina Svitolina – a semi-finalist here two years ago – overcame Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3 2-6 6-3.
However, fourth and fifth seeds Sofia Kenin and Bianca Andreescu were ousted in straight sets by Madison Brengle and Alize Cornet respectively.
Eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta was also among the big-named casualties on day three; the Spaniard succumbing 6-7 4-6 5-7 to former semi-finalist Sam Querrey.
He was followed out the exit door by 12th seed Casper Ruud, who went down in five sets despite recovering from two down to force a decider against Jordan Thompson.
Wimbledon 2021 Day Three Results
Wednesday June 30
First Round / Second Round
Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 Kevin Anderson
Katie Boulter 6-4, 3-6, 3-6 Aryna Sabalenka
Oscar Otte 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6 Andy Murray
Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 9-7 Ugo Humbert
Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Alison Van Uytvanck
Dan Evans 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Dusan Lajovic
Ons Jabeur 7-5, 6-0 Venus Williams
Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1 Bianca Andreescu
Lucas Pouille 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 5-7 Cameron Norrie
Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 Thiago Monteiro
Iga Swiatek 6-1, 6-3 Vera Zvonareva
Madison Brengle 6-2, 6-4 Sofia Kenin
Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 Guido Pella
Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6 Grigor Dimitrov
Belinda Bencic 3-6, 3-6 Kaja Juvan
Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 1-6, 4-6 Garbine Muguruza
Jordan Thompson 7-6, 7-6, 2-6, 2-6, 6-2 Casper Ruud
Christopher O’Connell 6-4, 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 4-6 Gael Monfils
Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 Kateryna Kozlova
Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 Liam Broady
Kristie Ahn 5-7, 3-6 Sloane Stephens
Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 John Isner
Marin Cilic 7-6, 7-6, 6-1 Salvatore Caruso
Emma Raducanu 7-6, 6-0 Vitalia Diatchenko
Lloyd Harris 1-6, 2-6, 5-7 Andrey Rublev
Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-2 Donna Vekic
Magda Linette 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 Amanda Anisimova
Cristian Garin 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Bernabe Zapata Miralles
Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 7-5, 6-0 Pedro Sousa
Andreas Seppi 2-6, 4-6, 2-6 Denis Kudla
Nadia Podoroska 3-6, 6-7 Tereza Martincova
Kristyna Pliskova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 Danka Kovinic
Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 Federico Coria
Ellen Perez 2-6, 2-6 Clara Burel
Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Vasek Pospisil
Jil Teichmann 2-6, 2-6 Camila Giorgi
Yasutaka Uchiyama 3-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6 Carlos Alcaraz
Leylah Fernandez 1-6, 2-6 Jelena Ostapenko
Antoine Hoang 5-7, 4-6, 4-6 Sebastian Korda
Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 Gregoire Barrere
Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Ana Konjuh
Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6, 2-6, 1-6 Alexander Bublik
Irina-Camelia Begu 7-5, 6-7, 6-3 Petra Martic
Aliona Bolsova 2-6, 7-5, 2-6 Paula Badosa
James Duckworth 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 Radu Albot
Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 6-0 Yafan Wang
Egor Gerasimov 1-6, 6-7, 3-6 Karen Khachanov
Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 6-0 Danielle Collins
Corentin Moutet 4-6, 4-6, 0-6 Aljaz Bedene
Greet Minnen 2-6, 6-7 Ajla Tomljanovic
Olga Govortsova 4-6, 2-6 Coco Vandeweghe
Jiri Vesely 3-6, 4-5 (Ret) Marton Fucsovics
Lesia Tsurenko 3-6, 1-6 Yulia Putintseva
Emil Ruusuvuori 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, 4-6 Marcos Giron
Marco Trungelliti 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 Benjamin Bonzi
Ekaterina Alexandrova 5-7, 2-6 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano
Jaume Munar 1-6, 5-7, 6-7 Ilya Ivashka
Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-1 Zarina Diyas
Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 Patricia Maria Tig
Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 Laslo Djere
Ana Bogdan 2-6, 2-6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5-7, 7-6, 7-5, 4-6, 3-6 Mikael Ymer
Steve Johnson 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 Dennis Novak
Lauren Davis 1-6, 4-6 Madison Keys
Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 Soonwoo Kwon
Aslan Karatsev 6-7, 6-7, 3-6 Jeremy Chardy
Nao Hibino 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 Bernarda Pera
Marketa Vondrousova 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Anett Kontaveit
Claire Liu 4-6, 4-6 Elena Rybakina
Miomir Kecmanovic 3-6, 3-6, 7-6, 2-3 Roberto Bautista Agut – play suspended
Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-3 Shuai Zhang
Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 Pablo Carreno Busta
Taylor Fritz 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 Brandon Nakashima
Jessica Pegula 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 Liudmila Samsonova
Maria Sakkari 5-7 Shelby Rogers – play suspended
Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Alexei Popyrin
Juan Ignacio Londero 6-7, 0-6, 6-4, 3-6 Gianluca Mager
Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-3 Samantha Murray Sharan
Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-0 Lin Zhu
Denis Shapovalov w/o Pablo Andujar
Andy Murray made a winning return to Wimbledon as he withstood Nikoloz Basilashvili’s fightback to prevail 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-3 in the opening round on Monday.
Following a lengthy battle with injuries, the two-time champion was making his first appearance in the men’s singles draw at SW19 since defeat by Sam Querrey in the 2017 quarter-finals.
And the former world number one, who hit 17 aces on Centre Court, looked well on course for a straight-sets victory over Basilashvili at 5-0 to the good in the third.
However, the 24th seed demonstrated tremendous resilience and determination as he reeled off seven successive games to claw his way back into the contest.
The momentum appeared to be on the Georgian’s side with Murray aiming to avoid a first-ever defeat at the opening hurdle here.
But the 34-year-old – playing only his third match on grass in two years – regained the initiative and eventually got himself over the line.
Awaiting Murray in the second round is either Oscar Otte or Arthur Rinderknech, who were locked at 9-9 in a gripping deciding set before poor light caused play to be suspended on the outside courts.
Earlier in the day, reigning champion Novak Djokovic survived a scare against British debutant Jack Draper before advancing 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.
Five-time winner Djokovic is aiming to become only the fourth player to win three successful Wimbledon titles in the modern era, but came unstuck in the first set of his latest defence.
Roared on by the home crowd, teenager Draper embraced the unusual surroundings with an early break on the way to taking the opener.
However, Djokovic responded immediately 6-1 to wrestle back control, before dominating the final two sets – hitting 25 aces along the way – to complete the job.
The world number one will now face Kevin Anderson in a repeat of the 2018 final; the South African also recovering from losing the first set in his 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-6 win over Tomas Barrios.
Fifth seed Andrey Rublev overcame Federico Delbonis in four sets, as did eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut against Australia’s John Millman.
But French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas could not join them in the second round; suffering a straight-sets defeat against an inspired Frances Tiafoe, who claimed his first career win over a top-five player.
Jannik Sinner was another notable casualty on day one; the 19th seed going down 7-5 3-6 5-7 3-6 against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
Over in the women’s draw, second seed Aryna Sabalenka hit 48 winners in her 6-1 6-4 victory over Monica Niculescu, while fourth seed Sofia Kenin was a straight-sets winner against Xinyu Wang.
Iga Swiatek and Garbine Muguruza also advanced in straight sets against Su-Wei Hsieh and Fiona Ferro respectively, but two-time champion Petra Kvitova was ousted 3-6 4-6 by Sloane Stephens.
Wimbledon 2021 Results
Monday June 28
CENTRE COURT (1.30pm)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)  4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 Jack Draper (GBR)
Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-3, 6-4 Petra Kvitova (CZE) 
Andy Murray (GBR) 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 
NO.1 COURT (1pm)
Monica Niculescu (ROU) 1-6, 4-6 Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)  4-6, 4-6, 3-6 Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Iga Swiatek (POL)  6-4, 6-4 Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
NO.2 COURT (11am)
Fiona Ferro (FRA) 0-6, 1-6 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 
Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-4, 1-6, 1-6, 2-6 Andrey Rublev (RUS) 
Diego Schwartzman (ARG)  6-3, 6-4 Benoit Paire (FRA) – play suspended
NO.3 COURT (11am)
Katie Swan (GBR) 3-6, 4-6 Madison Keys (USA) 
Xinyu Wang (CHN) 4-6, 2-6 Sofia Kenin (USA) 
Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 3-6, 4-6, 0-6 Liam Broady (GBR)
COURT 12 (11am)
John Milman (AUS) 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 
Christopher O’Connell (AUS) 6-4, 2-6, 6-6 Gael Mongils (FRA)  – play suspended
COURT 18 (11am)
Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 Jannik Sinner (ITA) 
Kristie Ahn (USA) 2-6, 7-6, 8-6 Heather Watson (GBR)
Fabio Fognini (ITA)  7-6, 6-2 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) – play suspended
COURT 4 (11am)
Marton Barrios Vera (CHI) 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-7 Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 7-6, 3-4 Petra Martic (CRO)  – play suspended
COURT 5 (11am)
Jodie Burrage (GBR) 2-6, 1-6 Lauren Davis (USA)
Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-7 Karen Khachanov (RUS 
COURT 6 (11am)
Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 Danielle Collins (USA)
Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 3-6, 3-6, 3-6 Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 6-7 Daniel Masur (GER) – play suspended
COURT 7 (11am)
Denis Kudla (USA) 5-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) 
Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 7-5, 2-2 Vera Zvonareva (RUS) – play suspended
COURT 8 (11am)
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)  6-1, 6-3 Laura Siegemund (GER)
Oscar Otte (GER) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 9-9 Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) – play suspended
COURT 9 (11am)
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) 1-6, 6-0, 6-4 Anna Kalinskaya (RUS)
Pedro Martinez (ESP) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Stefano Travaglia (ITA)
COURT 10 (11am)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 Joao Sousa (POR)
Lloyd Harris (RSA) 6-3, 6-4 Ricardas Berankis (LTU) – play suspended
COURT 11 (11am)
Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 6-4, 7-5 Katie Volynets (USA)
COURT 14 (11am)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 3-6, 3-6 Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove (NED)
Reilly Opelka (USA)  4-6, 6-7, 2-6 Dominik Koeper (GER)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 4-6, 0-6 Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 
COURT 15 (11am)
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)  6-3, 1-6, 9-11 Viktorija Golubic (SUI)
Misaki Doi (JPN) 2-6, 6-3, 5-4 Claire Liu (USA) – play suspended
COURT 16 (11am)
Jiri Vesley (CZE) 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 Yannick Hanfmann (GER)
Madison Brengle (USA) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 Christina McHale (USA) – play suspended
COURT 17 (11am)
Daniella Lao (USA) 7-6, 3-6, 4-6 Katie Boulter (GBR)
Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 Jay Clarke (GBR) – play suspended
Andy Murray returns to competitive action at the Cinch Championships as he bids for a sixth title at Queen’s Club – here are full details of his next match.
Murray is back in singles action for the first time in three months after being sidelined with a groin injury.
The 34-year-old returns to the venue in which he has enjoyed more success than any other and will be looking to roll back the years ahead of a potential return to Wimbledon later this month.
The former world number one has not played competitively in a singles event since losing to Russia’s Andrey Rublev at the Rotterdam Open back in March.
In May, he played alongside fellow Brit Liam Broady in the Italian Open doubles – where they lost in the Second Round.
Five-time champion Murray has won more singles titles than any other player in the history of the ATP at Queen’s Club, with his most recent triumph coming in 2016.
Murray marked his return to Queen’s with a commanding 6-3, 6-2 win over Benoit Paire in Round One of the Cinch Championships on Monday.
His comeback quest continues against top seed Matteo Berrettini in the Round of 16 on Thursday June 17, with the match scheduled to commence from around 1.30pm BST.
Prior to the event, Murray told BBC Sport: “The reason why I’m still doing it is because I enjoy it and I don’t see any problem with that.
“I’m not offending anyone and it’s not hurting anyone. I like it.
“I know I’m not playing at a level that I was playing a few years ago.
“It’s been extremely frustrating for me not to have any consistency, in terms of competitions, to really judge and see exactly where my game is at.
“But there has been, for me anyway, enough evidence and practices that I’ve had with top players to suggest I can still compete with them.
“I feel alright, but not perfect. I’ve been happy with the way I’ve been playing in practice and I’ve been hitting the ball well.
“But I need to hope my body holds up during this period and that’s a big ‘if’ for me.
“I can’t say with certainty that I’m going to be fine because that hasn’t been the case over the last six to nine months.”
The Scot intends to return to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon, which starts on June 28, provided he does not encounter any further injury problems.
Murray, now ranked world number 124, claimed glory at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016.
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Andy Murray made a winning return from injury as he beat Benoit Paire in straight sets (6-4 6-2) in the opening round of the Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club.
The former World number one looked solid in all departments during what was his first competitive singles match since defeat by Andrey Rublev at the Rotterdam Open in March.
Murray, who was sidelined with a groin injury, took just over an hour to see off the Frenchman as he set up a mouth-watering second-round showdown with top seed Matteo Berrettini.
Playing competitively for only the fourth time in 2021, the Scotsman missed the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid-19, while he opted to sit out of the clay-court season to focus his attentions on Wimbledon.
Murray marked his comeback at the place where he has enjoyed the most success during his career, having lifted the trophy a record five times at Queen’s.
His first match on grass for three years, Murray made a strong start; breaking to love in game four on the way to taking the first set 6-3.
Paire had only previously tasted victory in this event on one occasion and arrived with just three wins under his belt from 25 matches.
And the Frenchman was powerless as Murray broke twice more to take the second set 6-2 and book his place in round two.
There, he will face Italy’s Berrettini, who needed two tie-breaks to see off compatriot Stefano Travaglia in straight sets.
The world number nine has enjoyed an impressive start to 2021 – winning the Serbia Open, while he was runner-up in Madrid and a French Open quarter-finalist – and will provide a tough test of Murray’s credentials.
There was further joy for the home crowd as British number one Dan Evans overcame Australia’s Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-4.
Evans’ first win at Queen’s since 2014 set up a second-round clash with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Second seed Denis Shapovalov and eighth seed Fabio Fognini also advanced in straight sets against Aleksandar Vukic and Yen-Hsun Lu respectively.
Meanwhile, fourth seed Alex de Minaur recovered from a set down to beat Laslo Dere 3-6 6-3 6-4.
Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev could meet in the second round of the bett1HULKS Indoors in Cologne.
We break down the men’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Alexander Zverev, Andy Murray and Roberto Bautista Agut lead the field at the bett1HULKS Indoors in Cologne, Germany, a new ATP 250.
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ATP Cologne Indoors Preview
A new addition to the tennis calendar in 2020 for one year only, back-to-back ATP 250 events will be played on indoor hard courts in Cologne, Germany at the Lanxness Arena.
The bett1HULKS Indoors will be played from 12-18 October, followed by the bett1HULKS Championships.
With players eager to seize any chance to compete before the decimated 2020 season comes to an end, the bett1HULKS Indoors has attracted a strong field led by world no. 7 Alexander Zverev and world no. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut, with Andy Murray taking a wildcard into the tournament.
ATP Cologne Indoors Draw Analysis
There will be fireworks from the first round in Cologne with wildcard Andy Murray drawn to face Fernando Verdasco, with the winner moving on to face top seed Zverev.
Murray beat Zverev at the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters in just his second match since the previous November, but the German has made the US Open final since then – and Murray would have to beat Verdasco to get to that clash. The Spanish left-hander, most recently in the news for announcing he intends to sue the French Open for not letting him play, is 4-13 against Murray but has won their last two matches (since Murray’s hip injury).
Zverev and Verdasco have also played some close matches, so this won’t be easy for the world no. 7. Nor will be a potential quarterfinal clash with Filip Krajinovic, the big-serving Serbian who plays well indoors – he made the final of the Paris Masters in 2017 – and who has been having decent results recently.
The second quarter is more open with mercurial Benoit Paire, who is 1-5 since shutdown, and Marin Cilic its seeds. Cilic has eight titles on indoor hard courts but is searching for form; if the 2014 US Open champion can get past Ricardas Berankis, a good player on indoor hard, in the first round, he faces Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second and should be secure into the semifinals.
Germany’s best prospects in the draw apart from Zverev are in the third quarter, with big-serving Jan-Lennard Struff the seventh seed. Struff had a poor run on clay but he was playing decently on hard courts in the USA; he opens against Mikael Ymer with Radu Albot, against whom Struff is 4-1, likely to await in the second round.
Struff was knocked out of the French Open by compatriot Daniel Altmaier, the qualifier who made a big impression when he ousted Matteo Berrettini on his way to the last 16. Altmaier, given a wildcard into Cologne, could meet Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round.
Auger-Aliassime made back-to-back ATP finals on indoor hard courts in the spring, but has had poor results of late – can he find form in a switch of surface?
Just one of world no. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut’s career titles have come on indoor hard courts but he’s made several finals. He doesn’t have an easy draw though: Veteran Gilles Simon or Marton Fucsovics, who just made a good run to the fourth round of Roland Garros, in the second round. If Bautista Agut can get past that, big-serving Hubert Hurkacz shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
ATP Cologne Indoors Prediction
Zverev vs Cilic
Bautista Agut d. Struff
Zverev d. Bautista Agut
Andy Murray was left without answers on and off the court after a one-sided defeat to Stan Wawrinka at the French Open.
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For the second Grand Slam in a row, Murray lost in straight sets, this time getting just six games against Wawrinka as they clashed in the first round of the French Open.
Murray was playing his first match at the French Open since 2017, when he lost to Wawrinka in a four-hour, 34-minute semifinal which pushed both men beyond their physical limits. But Sunday’s match on Court Philippe-Chatrier failed to deliver any comparable drama as Wawrinka took just 100 minutes to win 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
The one-sided defeat left Murray admitting he needs to go back to the drawing board.
‘I need to have a long hard think about it. It’s not the sort of match I would just brush aside and not think about it. I think that’s one of the worst defeats by scoreline in my career. I need to understand why the performance was like that.’
The impact of that 2017 semifinal battle continues to reverberate in both men’s careers to this day. Neither would play more than a handful of matches for the remainder of the 2017 season. Wawrinka underwent multiple knee surgeries, and has not yet been able to make his way back into the top 10, although he resembles his old self much more than Murray – the 2015 French Open champion is ranked world no. 17 and has been able to make the quarterfinals of three of the past four majors, including last year’s Roland Garros.
Murray, of course, struggled for two years to rehab his injured hip before undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in January 2019 when on the brink of retirement. He had some success when he returned to the singles court in the summer, including winning the European Open in Antwerp where he beat Wawrinka in the final. But fallout from his surgery kept him off the court for the beginning of the 2020 season, which was then shut down until mid-August. The British player is currently ranked world no. 111.
Wawrinka proved he will have no difficulty in hitting through the unusually cold, slow and heavy conditions at this year’s autumn French Open as he struck 42 winners over the course of the match. After Murray held to open, he was broken three times to lose the first set 1-6 and the match was never anything over than one-way traffic from that point on.
Murray’s serving was particularly problematic. He landed 36% of his first serves in the match, saving only two of the eight break points with which he was faced.
Murray was left balancing praise for his opponent with excoriating his own performance, saying:
‘Today was a really tough draw and even if I played well there’s no guarantees I would win that match but today I didn’t play well. I served less than 40%, that’s just not good enough.
‘I haven’t served like that… that’s nothing to do with my hip. Mistiming returns and serving at 38% that’s got nothing to do with that. That’s something I need to look at with my team. There’s been matches I’ve served well since I came back, that’s not a physical issue.’
Wawrinka moves on to face the in-form Dominik Koepfer, who recently made the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters as a qualifier, in the second round and is on a potential collision course with Dominic Thiem in the fourth round.
Murray goes back to the drawing board, although he struck a defiant note:
‘Zverev was a couple of points from winning the US Open and I’d won against him the week before. I’ll keep going. Let’s see what the next few months hold. I reckon I won’t play a match like that between now and the end of the year.’
It was a poor day for British players all round, with Dan Evans losing 6-1, 1-6, 6-7(3), 6-1, 4-6 to Kei Nishikori. He would not have been expected to do very well in Paris, but Johanna Konta, seeded ninth and a semifinalist at the French Open in 2019, was another matter. She also suffered a one-sided defeat to a tough opponent, losing 3-6, 3-6 to Coco Gauff.
Grand Slam champions face off in a fateful first-round French Open rematch as Andy Murray takes on Stan Wawrinka.
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Returning to the French Open for the first time since 2017, Andy Murray finds himself facing exactly the same opponent: Stan Wawrinka, who beat him in a four-hour, 34-minute semifinal which pushed both men beyond their limits.
Murray has not played a match on clay since that fateful semifinal, and has played just five matches in 2020, while Wawrinka has been searching for form at Challenger level. Could Murray possibly turn the clock back on Sunday?
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Murray vs Wawrinka: Head-to-head
Andy Murray leads the head-to-head with Stan Wawrinka 12-8. He has also won four of the last five matches against the Swiss, including a French Open clash in 2016 and their most recent encounter, in the Antwerp final last autumn.
Wawrinka has an overall 4-1 advantage in clay-court matches.
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The tennis gods have a twisted sense of humour – that’s the only explanation for a French Open draw which pits four of the six Grand Slam champions in the men’s draw against each other in the first round. That Andy Murray should have drawn Stan Wawrinka in a rematch of the 2017 semifinal which arguably changed both men’s careers forever, on the British player’s first return to Roland Garros since that match, almost beggars belief.
Wawrinka won that four-hour, 34-minute encounter, lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the final and managed two more matches in 2017 before shutting down his season to undergo multiple knee surgeries; Murray limped to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, then shut down his season, eventually almost retiring at the 2019 Australian Open before underdoing hip resurfacing surgery.
It’s the Swiss man who has returned to something like his old form and ranking; he’s made the quarterfinals of three of the past four majors, including last year’s French Open and the Australian Open in January, and is currently ranked world no. 17, while Murray only made his return to Grand Slam tennis at the US Open, beating Yoshihito Nishioka in five sets and having precisely zero energy left with which to avoid being soundly defeated by Felix Auger-Aliassime.
And yet Murray has won the two most recent matches these two have played – 6-1, 6-3 in Eastbourne in 2018, and 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in Antwerp last autumn, when he came back from a set and a break down to steal victory from under Wawrinka’s nose.
Wawrinka decided to skip the US swing, playing back-to-back Challengers in Prague instead. He won the first and reached the quarterfinals of the second before pulling out, but his level of tennis was not exactly convincing (he was pushed to three sets by five players ranked outside the top 100) and his only ATP Tour-level match was an 0-6, 6-7(2) defeat to Lorenzo Musetti at the Rome Masters.
It’s not too encouraging, but Wawrinka does reliably find his best tennis at Grand Slams, and he is playing a man with a metal hip. Moreover, the Swiss player can hit his way through slow, cold conditions – he has that kind of power, although his spin won’t be as brutal as it usually is – and he always was a better clay-court than Murray. I think Murray will take a set, but this reunion should end the same way the 2017 semifinal did – with Wawrinka triumphant.
Murray vs Wawrinka: Prediction
After his five-set heroics, can Andy Murray keep his US Open campaign alive as he faces fifteenth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime?
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In his first Grand Slam match since facing Roberto Bautista Agut at the 2019 Australian Open, Andy Murray battled his way back from the brink of defeat despite never being able to find his best tennis, beating Yoshihito Nishioka 4-6, 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 6-4 in a marathon four hours and 49 minutes to reach the second round of the US Open.
After such a physically and emotionally draining match, one which left him needing access to the emergency ice bath and injections to drain blood from under his toenails, what will Murray have left with which to take on 20-year-old, 21-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday?
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Murray vs Auger-Aliassime: Head-to-head
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One of three former US Open champions in this year’s men’s singles draw, Murray was not the only one to go to five sets in the first round, but his match against Nishioka was unquestionably the biggest story of the first two days at this unusual Grand Slam.
It was almost as emotional as his last match at a Grand Slam, which we thought at the time would be his last match ever, when he lost in five sets to Bautista Agut at the Australian Open in 2019 after confessing that he thought his career might be over.
Hip resurfacing surgery kept that career alive, although for how long, and what it might look like exactly going forward, is unclear. Pain caused by the surgery led to bruising and inflammation which kept Murray out of competition from November last year until after the ATP Tour had been suspended for six months, and although he won his first two matches of the year against Frances Tiafoe and Alexander Zverev in ‘Cincinnati’, Murray’s poor performance against Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals showed how far he was from anything like his best tennis.
The first two sets of Murray’s match against Nishioka were worse. In fact, it was the worst Murray performance at a Grand Slam I can remember, with nothing working for him, his serve misfiring and a general lack of energy and intensity infecting every area of his game, while Nishioka – despite not having played since February – was full of vigour and purpose, dictating play with his left-handed forehand and making Murray’s life a misery at the net.
Murray’s serve and game started to pick up midway through the third set, but by that time he was already down a break and the match should have been done and dusted. Somehow, though, Murray wormed and then clawed his way back in, taking the third set in a tie-break, repeating the feat in the fourth set and then outlasting Nishioka in the most improbable fashion.
As far as I’m concerned, and I did watch the entire thing, nothing but immense experience and an even more immense degree of stubbornness got Murray through a match that he should by all rights have lost. Even with a day to recover, is it really realistic to expect him to have anything in the tank with which to take on Auger-Aliassime?
That’s not even taking into consideration the fact that Auger-Aliassime is no mean player himself. The 20-year-old, seeded 15th, has yet to win an ATP Tour title but he’s reached two finals, including in Marseille and Rotterdam earlier in 2020; he was a Miami Masters semifinalist in 2019 and although he has only once made it to the third round of a Grand Slam, that has a lot to do with some tough draws and his body taking a while to adjust to the demands of best-of-five. Narrowly beaten in a third-set tie-break by Tennys Sandgren in the second round of ‘Cincinnati’ last week, Auger-Aliassime edged past Thiago Monteiro in four sets to reach the second round in New York. He’ll have to be much more proactive and assertive than that against Murray, but even if Murray gets off to a good start, I don’t think he can possibly have the energy reserves to sustain it.
Murray vs Auger-Aliassime: Prediction
Can Andy Murray really get the win in his first Grand Slam singles match since undergoing hip resurfacing? He faces Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday.
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Andy Murray’s last Grand Slam singles match was his five-set defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open, in the wake of his emotional announcement that he feared he was going to have to retire from tennis altogether after struggling with an excruciatingly painful hip injury for years. As we all know, that was not the end of Murray’s career – he underwent hip resurfacing surgery, returned to singles action by the end of 2019 and even won an ATP title in Antwerp.
One thing Murray hasn’t done, however, is play a best-of-five sets singles match – and indeed he has only played three singles matches at all in 2020. Under the circumstances, is it realistic to expect him to beat Yoshihito Nishioka, a rising left-hander very nearly at his career-high ranking, in the first round of the US Open on Tuesday?
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Murray vs Nishioka: Head-to-head
This will be the first meeting between Murray and Nishioka.
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Even before the six-month shutdown of ATP, WTA and ITF tournaments, Murray was on the sidelines, still recuperating from the pelvic injury he incurred at the end of 2019 when playing the Davis Cup Finals.
Last week’s ‘Cincinnati’-New York Masters, relocated from its usual Ohio home to the US Open site to form a two-tournament bubble with the Grand Slam, was therefore Murray’s first official tournament since the previous November, although with all players rusty and lacking in match-fitness this was less of a disadvantage than it could have been – and Murray’s results showed it as he beat Frances Tiafoe and then, impressively, world no. 7 Alexander Zverev.
Murray’s win over Zverev did owe a lot to Zverev’s catastrophic slew of double faults in the closing stages – he served consecutive double faults when serving for the match and then when serving to stay in the match – and the British player was totally outplayed by Milos Raonic in the round of 16, looking low-energy and out of sorts as Raonic, who would go on to reach the final, won 6-2, 6-2.
Murray obviously has a long way to go, but he has two major advantages against Nishioka on Tuesday. The first is experience: Murray has been playing Grand Slam main-draws since 2005, and he knows all about winning matches at them – his defeat to Bautista Agut in January 2019 was his first opening-round loss at a major since the 2008 Australian Open. The second is recent matches: Murray played three last week. Nishioka hasn’t played since losing to Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Dubai in February.
That said, Nishioka will be no pushover. The 24-year-old is just one place off his career-high ranking of world no. 49 at the moment: After his initial climb up the rankings was derailed by a torn ACL after making the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters as a lucky loser in 2017, Nishioka’s ranking dropped as low as world no. 380 in 2018 but by the end of the year he was back inside the top 100 after winning his maiden ATP Tour title in Shenzhen. He scored wins over the likes of Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils, Roberto Bautista Agut and David Goffin in 2019, made the third round of the Australian Open in January and finished runner-up at the ATP 250 in Delray Beach before the shutdown. The left-hander is the real deal.
Murray has an excellent record against left-handers which looks even better when you discount his matches against Rafael Nadal, but Nishioka – fast, compact and fit – can trouble Murray if he can find ways to be aggressive without making too many unforced errors. Experience and grit should carry Murray through, but not without Nishioka keeping it fairly close.