For the ninth time in his career Andy Murray has come back from two sets to win in five sets. The British number one was as close as two points away from being knocked out of the first round of a Grand Slam something that hasn’t happened since the 2008 Australian Open when he was defeated by the unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Thankfully I did miss the first two sets of the match which began yesterday between Murray and Stepanek I saw the score when I got home and was in dis-belief and then Murray rolled off 10 games in a row in about 30-35 minutes and then play got suspended which suited Stepanek more as Murray was in cruise control in the third and fourth set.
Murray and Stepanek had to wait a while to get back onto court this afternoon with Kiki Bertens stunning Angelique Kerber in round one. The final set between Murray and Stepanek was in fact the longest of the match lasting over an hour with Murray edging it late on!
It was a nervous ending at 4-5 30-30 just a few points from losing but from 4-5 down Murray won 3 games in a row to seal the win against the experienced Stepanek. An aspect of Stepanek’s game which was excellent in the final set and troubled Murray was the net play and ironically it was an unforced error at the net by the 37 year old which sealed a 3-6 3-6 6-0 6-3 7-5 win for Andy Murray who will be hoping for something a little bit more straight forward in round two against French wildcard Mathias Bourgue.