The return of Andy Murray on a grandslam tournament immediately caused a lot of drama. The Briton survived a match point against Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the US Open in a match of almost five hours.
Murray lost the first two sets, hit thirteen double faults and seemed dead and buried, but still found a way to draw the longest end with 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4. In the fourth set, his Japanese opponent left a match point unused at 6-5.
Playing with an artificial hip
33-year-old Murray is now the number 115 in the world. After the Australian Open of 2019 he underwent two hip surgeries. With an artificial hip the former number one of the world tries to get back on top.
“I had to use the spare tank today,” said Murray, the US Open champion of 2012. “I’m in pain everywhere, but it’s especially hard on my two big toes.”
Thiem with bumps and punches through
Dominic Thiem also made it through to the second round of the US Open. With a lead of 7-6 (6), 6-3, Spaniard Jaume Munar, the opponent of the Austrian number two of the placing list, gave up.
It took Thiem a lot of effort to win the first set. On 5-4 he missed the opportunity to serve out the set and the tiebreak was still exciting despite a 5-1 lead
Due to the absence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Thiem is one of the big contenders for the title in New York. Earlier this year he made it to the finals of the Australian Open and twice reached the final battle of Roland Garros