Andy Murray got himself to the list of ultimate comebacks, topping the chart with Roger Federer and Todd Martin. The Briton winged past Yoshihito Nishioka 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6 in four hours and 38 minutes in the US Open‘s first round, thus joining the Swiss and American on nine two sets to love comebacks at Majors.
Murray’s tenth incredible comeback
Nishioka had everything while battling off the former champion. He secured five breaks and wasted a match point in the fourth set, which led him to lose the face-off giving Murray way towards the record. The Japanese aced more from the first set with both players winning 30 points. He fended off two break chances at 1-2, creating the pivotal lead with a single break in the seventh game. Nishioka had 12 winners and nine unforced errors which got him a 6-4 advantage.
The Briton took the lead with a service winner after deuce, and Nishioka, with a hold at 15, levelled the score at 1-1. Fending off both the breakpoints along with winners in the fourth game, he forced an error. Murray, thus, locking the result at 2-2. Post two comforting holds, Yoshihito took to advantage serving a set at 5-4. Murray served under 50% here and shot himself as 4-0 down. The end of the set saw him pulling one break back. However, he had to do it all over again from two sets to love down when the Japanese held in-game ten.
Murray broke in the opener of the third set post a double fault, due to a lack of rhythm in his strokes, He fell down 2-0 down as Yoshihito held at love. The comebacks aced only three points in the next three games. Then, Andy instituted the right formula on return at 2-3. He broke back prolonging the action. At 4-4, as Nishioka created three break chances in the 11th game. Murray defended a breakpoint, facing more troubles.
Murray hit back with all his focus, holding up to move 6-5 in front. Yoshihito sprayed a forehand error in the second point of the tie-break, getting deficit down with a backhand winner. Murray next, forged a lead with a well-constructed attack and forehand winner. He seized the second set point and bagged a massive boost. Further, on return Nishioka wasted a match point. This drove the momentum to Andy’s side of the court, allowing the Briton to take over the breaker 7-4 and send the encounter into a decider.
The former World No. 1 has been pre-eminent in numerous incredible comebacks, bagging the tenth on Tuesday in New York. Hence, even when you open an unusual two sets to love lead against Andy Murray at Majors, who gives in 100% no matter the struggles, you got to lay long behind the finish line!