7-6 6-7 7-6 in 3 hours 45 minutes, Andy Murray & Frances Tiafoe share an epic encounter in Antwerp!

At Indian Wells not long ago we saw Andy Murray something he had never done in over 1000 professional matches, serve underarm in his three set win over Carlos Alcaraz.

This time around in Antwerp the Brit once again did something he has never done, win an ATP match in a three sets with all three sets going to the tie-break in a 7-6 6-7 7-6 win over Frances Tiafoe to set up a meeting with Diego Schwartzman in round two.

As Murray said on social media after the match it was a good one to “get over the line”. Murray was 2-4 and 3-5 down in the first set but clawed it back to win it on the tie-break 7-2 in a one-sided end of the opener.

In the second set there wasn’t anything to split them with no breaks of serve. Andy almost squandered his serve at 5-6 but got through to the tie-break. Murray went 3-1 up then 3-6 down facing set points but at the changeover were level at six each. At no point during the tie-break did Murray see a match point and fell 8-7 to the American.

Again it was another set without a break of serve, at 3-3 there was a danger for Murray of a break coming serve coming down 30-40 but won three points on the bounce to lead 4-3. Set two saw a 15 point tie-break where as the crowd were treated to a 17 point tie-break.

Tiafoe and Murray took it in turns seeing match points come and go but it was Murray who sealed the set 9-7 to win a marathon opening match and the pair shared a lovely embrace at the net.

Even in the locker room after the match Murray said the pair spent about half and hour talking about tennis something he very rarely does with his opponent.

Tiafoe took to social media to express his admiration for Murray following their encounter:

Next up for Murray is Diego Schwartzman, the Argentine played some good tennis at Indian Wells but did fall 0-6 2-6 to the new champion Cameron Norrie, how will the Argentine do against a Brit this time around?

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