Murray comes through Antwerp epic

20 October 2021 19:07:41 GMTPlus11
Murray survived the longest three-setter of his career

Andy Murray says he doesn't mind long games but admitted he was taken to "another level" after coming through the longest three-set match of his life at the Antwerp Open.

The 34-year-old showed he's not only got the game but also the stamina after getting the better of America's Frances Tiafoe 7-6 6-7 7-6 in a marathon lasting three hours and 45 minutes. He's 8/11 to beat Argentine second seed Diego Schwartzman in the next round.

Epic Antwerp encounter

Murray saved two match points before taking the second of his own to finally see off Tiafoe 10-8 in the third set.

The three-time Grand Slam champion, who has been battling injuries over recent years, has dropped to 172nd in the world but claimed last week at Indian Wells that he was playing more like a man ranked at "50 or 60".

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And he showed against Tiafoe – a former Australian Open quarter-finalist now ranked 48th – why he still believes he can win more titles on the ATP Tour, firing down 21 aces on his way to outlasting an opponent 11 years his junior.

Battle on 'another level'

Murray doesn't have long to recover before taking on Schwartzman, who will be fresh after getting a bye in the first round.

"I think that's the first time in my career I've played a 7-6 6-7 7-6. I don't think I've ever played a match like that," Murray told reporters.

"I think it's the longest three-set match I've played by a distance. I'm tired, obviously.

"It was an unbelievable battle. I don't mind playing long matches but that was taking it to another level."

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