Murray hails ‘unbelievable battle’ after marathon victory

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Andy Murray said that he had “never played a match like it” after the former world number one battled past the American Frances Tiafoe in an epic at the European Open.

The 34-year-old Scot, who has suffered career-threatening hip injuries, saved two match points to pull off a 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (10/8) victory in a thrilling first-round clash in Antwerp.

At 3hr 45min it was the longest best-of-three match this year, the ATP said, eclipsing the 3hr 38min played by Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final in April.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that,” an exhausted Murray said.—APP

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