Tuesday , October 3 2023

French Open : Andy Murray Survives Another Scare

Andy Murray survived a five-set rollercoaster for the second successive match to scrape through to the third round of the French Open.

After coming from two sets down to defeat Radek Stepanek over two days in round one, Murray was back on court against little-known French wild card Mathias Bourgue.

The sun had finally come out and Murray was expected to stroll through against the world No 164.

But instead, from 6-2, 2-0 up, he lost 24 of the next 27 points and eight games in row, and then found himself two sets to one down.Staring at the worst defeat of his career, the world No 2 did what he invariably does in such situations and found a way back, eventually winning 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in three hours and 34 minutes.

Murray said: “He was excellent. He was the one dictating a lot of the points, making me run a lot and fighting right to the end. He’s going to have a fantastic future for sure.

“I was thinking, ‘What happened?’ I had 6-2, 2-0 and then he started playing unbelievable and I was finding it hard to win points, not games.“I’ve played these matches many times and I just tried to fight through to the end.

It’s been a tough few days and I’m going to have to recover extremely well if I am to go far in this tournament. You can’t play too many matches like this.”

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