KEY POINTS

  • Andy Murray was a former world number one player 
  • Multiple surgeries and injuries forced Murray to retire in 2017
  • Murray opened the US Open care of a five-set thriller against Yoshito Nishioka

The first round of the US Open served as a monumental match for Andy Murray as he notched his first singles Grand Slam victory since 2018. It was a five-set 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4 come from behind win against Yoshito Nishioka.

The first two sets saw the left-handed 24-year-old rising star from Japan remain aggressive on the attack. In addition to this, Murray suffered from multiple double faults that made it difficult to gather any momentum to rally back.

But given the veteran experience of Murray, he knew what to do in difficult situations. Although he tallied 13 double faults overall, he remained calm and maintained his composure despite the circumstance. Winning three straight sets, including two consecutive tiebreakers, Murray executed the perfect comeback and is through the next round.

"The big toes on both sides are pretty beat up, but I did all right physically. I think at the beginning of the match, I was apprehensive about playing a long match because I haven't done one for a while," Murray said by way of ESPN.

The three-time Grand Slam winner, Murray, was forced to momentarily leave the sport that he loved as multiple hip surgeries forced him to sit out his career. It was difficult for the 2012 US Open winner, as he was known to be one of the more consistent stars on tour.

"Once I got two sets down, I had to start turning the afterburners on and managed to get through it," Murray continued.

Throughout his career, Murray has been known as a defensive specialist who had reliable groundstrokes that propelled him to success as a professional. During the peak of his playing days, he was the fourth member of tennis’ top four players. The big three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were once Tennis’ big four with Murray as the final player.

The 33-year-old star reached the number one spot in the tennis rankings back in 2016. Ever since then, he’s struggled with his health but has made huge strides in his recovery to the court.

It was a valiant effort for Murray to return to the sport and put up an impressive fight in the opening round. The veteran has been through so much in his career and it will be interesting to see how he uses his experiences to his advantage in his upcoming matches.