Andy Murray on Wednesday defied odds to beat Oscar Otte in a second-round thriller 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-2 to progress to the third round.
Murray won the first set comfortably and looked to finish the game without much trouble against the German qualifier, ranked 151st in the world. But he went on to lose two back-to-back sets before recovering in the fourth set. The match went to the fifth set, which Murray won without much trouble once again.
Reacting to another impressive win on his return to SW19, the British tennis star said, “I enjoyed the end of the match. The middle part not so much.”
Murray, who has stayed from professional tennis since undergoing hip surgery, thanked the 7,500 fans at the Centre Court for the support. “What an atmosphere to play in at the end. The whole crowd was amazing but there were a few guys in there getting me fired up. I needed everyone’s help.”
He took to Twitter to write, “Unreal atmosphere out there tonight… thanks so much to everyone that was in there watching and supporting.. you carried me over the line ???? life in the old dog yet eh!”
Unreal atmosphere out there tonight… thanks so much to everyone that was in there watching and supporting.. you carried me over the line ???? life in the old dog yet eh!????
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) June 30, 2021
Also supporting Murray at the Centre Court were his Mom and wife Kim, who were seen going through mixed emotions.
The two-time Wimbledon champion had defeated Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-3 in the first round. The victory against Basilashvili was Murray’s first since 2017 at the Centre Court.
Murray will now face 10th seed Canadian player Denis Shapovalov in the third round on Friday.
The 22-year-old Canadian would have the advantage against Murray since he was given a walkover in the second round against Pablo Andujar of Spain because of a rib injury sustained by the latter.
Prior to coming making a return to Wimbledon, Murray had said that he had not been able to get the much-needed practice, let alone playing any competitive tennis. The Brit is currently ranked 118th in the world.