2-time Wimbledon champion and former World No. 1 Andy Murray returned to the All-England Club with a win over James Duckworth to move into the second round. Murray won the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and looked in great touch in what was the final scheduled match on Center Court for Day 1 of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. The win meant that Murray won his first round match for the 14th successive time maintaining his 100% win record in the first round.
Having suffered an injury setback in the finals of Stuttgart a couple of weeks ago, there were doubts over the Brit’s fitness but he showed great composure throughout the match and despite dropping the first set, he made a good comeback to knock the Australian out and remain in the bid for winning the Grand Slam title for which he is one of the underdogs.
Andy Murray’s underarm serve becomes the talk of the town
During the third set of the match, Murray with an early break had a 2-1 lead and was serving in the fourth game at 15-0. With Duckworth near the baseline for the serve, Murray played a cheeky move making an underarm serve which forced the Australian to rush to the net and returned the ball which was lobbed by Murray as James was standing at the net. While James did manage to reach the ball, it was not a clean connection and it became a very winner for Murray who smashed the ball by approaching the net.
The shot was however not appreciated by many for it is one of the least preferred ways to serve in the sport. While the crowd in Center Court certainly liked the mischievous shot, netizens did not wholeheartedly approve of the shot drawing up comparisons between the Brit and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios who is famous for such shots.
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