Andy Murray’s late night win over Oscar Otte in the second round at the Centre Court brought back rich memories of the Brit’s myriad famous wins at Wimbledon. It was a quintessential Murray performance that saw the former two-time Wimbledon champion prevail in five tough sets over the German.
It has been 16 long years since the Scotsman made his Wimbledon debut and despite his recent struggles with injuries and surgeries, Murray seems to draw the attention of all his fans across the world. In the fourth set against Otte, Murray had an awkward stumble but once the roof was shut, he once again found his mojo with the help of the Centre Court crowd to cross the line.
“I enjoyed the end,” said Murray in his on-court interview. “The middle part not so much. What an atmosphere to play in. The whole crowd was amazing but there were a few guys in there who were getting it fired up. I needed everyone’s help tonight. They did a great job. I played some great lobs to finish it but it was a tough match.”
The former World No.1 even tweeted thanking the crowd for their support. “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!”
At 34, Murray is trying to enjoy tennis after series of injuries and two hip surgeries. In fact, he is also playing with a metal hip. Earlier in the tournament, the former World No.1 also expressed his desire to keep playing tennis for as long as he can. It is also not to be forgotten that Murray had earlier retired from the sport in 2019.
Murray plays Shapovalov in the third round
Andy Murray has played two captivating matches at 2021 Wimbledon till now and will once again step onto the court to take on Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the third round. While the odds are firmly stacked against the former British No.1, it would be a folly to rule out Murray’s chances given his incredible will to get over the line.