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Andy Murray Us Open 2020

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Andy Murray has made art form out of playing on edge and counterpunching his way out of danger. That talent was on full display Tuesday at the United States Open, as Murray flirted with elimination all afternoon and somehow pulled out win following a nearly five-hour match with Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, 4-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4. I tire, Murray said during his on-court interview when the four hour, 39-minute match was over. My toes are worst. Getting into a marathon slugfest with Nishioka was a terrible idea for Murray, who is still early in his singles comeback from hip replacement surgery. He had little choice though. Nishioka, 24, is a steady baseliner who, though just 5-foot-7 can puzzle opponents with both his relentlessness and ability to mix-up his shots. In other words, smaller and, so far, less effective version of Murray, but with two healthy hips. Coming back from a career-threatening injury, as Murray is trying to do, is always a fraught and risky endeavor. That is especially the case right now, with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting tennis and so many sports. Normally, Murray would play a series of smaller tournaments to sharpen his game against lesser competition, gain ranking points and then hopefully be seeded at a major tournament. Being seed would protect him from top opponents for round or two. But with the tennis World on hiatus from March until August, there was little opportunity for Murray to play himself into Grand Slam form. The challenge of long, withering matches was going to come quickly. Was he still fast enough to cover the court? Could he last five sets after so much time away from Grand Slam tennis? Early answers yes, and yes, at least against No. 49 players in the world. This was Murray being so Murray, carrying on that high-volume dialogue with himself throughout, spraying flat back hands and topspin lobs and soft drop shots that once carried him to World No. 1 ranking. Murray played from behind nearly all afternoon, dropping the first two sets and then going down break early in the third as he struggled to find his rhythm and beat so many forehands into the middle of the net. He says he started out too tentative, then overcompensated by taking too many chances. He popped string during one crucial point and couldnt figure out how to break Nishiokas relatively soft serve, which average less than 100 miles per hour. But then he somehow worked his way into the third-set tiebreaker, chasing down drop shots and even bending a forehand around the side of the net. He survived the first tiebreaker just barely, and when he does he let out a primal scream, trying to will higher level of play out of his 6-foot-3inch frame. Crowds are hard to come by at the US Open this year, but Murray managed to attract one.

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