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Andy Murray rallies to defeat James Duckworth in the opening round of Wimbledon.

Andy Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, rallied to defeat James Duckworth and move to the All England Club’s second round, where he will play John Isner. Emma Raducanu also advanced after defeating Alison Van Uytvanck.

Andy Murray rallies to defeat James Duckworth in the opening round of Wimbledon.
Andy Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, rallied to defeat James Duckworth and move to the All England Club’s second round, where he will play John Isner. Emma Raducanu also advanced after defeating Alison Van Uytvanck.

The next opponent for Murray, who has never lost before the third round at Wimbledon, is John Isner, a previous semifinalist who defeated French qualifier Enzo Couacaud in five sets.

Murray came back from dropping the first set against Duckworth to win in four

Murray, a former world number one, has an 8-0 head-to-head advantage over the powerful American.

In his on-court interview, Murray said, “It’s fantastic to be back out here with a full audience.”

 

I don’t know how many more chances I’ll get to play on this court because I’m getting older, so I want to make the most of each one. Glad I made it through, and hopefully I can play another game here in a few days.

He enjoys playing on grass, and he was playing pretty well, but I did well to bounce back after the first set. As the match progressed, I felt a little more at ease and did well to win.

Murray claimed he felt “good” physically and shown no signs of pain from the injury that has kept him from playing competitively for the past two weeks.

Duckworth worked Murray hard throughout the game, especially in the beginning.

Last year, Duckworth had his best run at Wimbledon, making it all the way to the third round while using a decent variety of groundstrokes to break for 2-1.

Murray celebrates winning a point

The lead was immediately regained after a few careless mistakes in the following game, but Murray did not continue and lost a break once more in the ninth game when Duckworth hammered a forehand winner down the line.

The Australian appeared upbeat as he finished the set.

In the first set, Murray only made 46% of his first serves, but he quickly improved with back-to-back love holdings. Additionally, the two-time winner improved his groundstroke rhythm, eventually wearing down Duckworth to take the lead 4-2.

The break Murray received allowed him to tie the game.

In the third set, Murray improved, gaining a point after an underarm serve that thrilled the fans and collecting an early break after a superb drop shot.

Duckworth called for the roof on Centre Court to be closed as the light was waning and more errors were beginning to emanate from his racket. But only after dropping the third set did he get what he wanted.

The fourth set was closely contested until Murray surged ahead and broke when his opponent committed a double fault in the ninth game.

When Duckworth contested a line call that came out to be in, Murray had no trouble completing the victory and winning it when he served it out.

According to Murray, an underarm serve is not dishonest.

Murray served underarm in the third set of his victory over Duckworth

In his Wimbledon debut, Murray justified employing the underarm serve, arguing that it is a valid strategy for making opponents pause before stepping too far back to return serve.

In the third set of his triumph over Duckworth, the two-time Wimbledon champion used the shot to win the point despite the Australian’s frantic attempts to get the ball back over the net.

Murray explained, “He shifted his return position, so I did it.”

“He took a step backwards of about two metres because he was having some trouble with the first-serve return. I threw the underarm serve in as soon as I noticed him backing up farther.”

In order to increase their chances of receiving a respectable return on huge serves, Murray predicted that underarm serves might become more common as players move back further from the baseline.

Murray said underarm is a legitimate way of serving in tennis

“Personally, I don’t mind if gamers use it. I’ve never, “Added he.

“Undoubtedly, more and more players are now coming back from more and farther behind the baseline to give themselves a leg up when they do.

“Nobody claims that coming back from five or six metres behind the baseline in an effort to gain an edge is disrespectful.

I used it to indicate, “If you’re going to step further back to return the serve to give yourself more time, then I’m going to exploit that,” rather than to be disrespectful to him.

In recent years, Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios has been more known for using this strategy, but Murray claims he never saw it as disrespectful to his opponent.

I never did comprehend that. It’s a proper way to serve, he remarked.

If someone was on the baseline, I would never utilise an underarm serve because I believe it is a bad idea because it will be tracked down and is simple to obtain.

“Why wouldn’t you do that to attempt to push them forward if they stand four or five metres behind the baseline if they feel comfortable returning there? It’s a wise play tactically.

Tuesday will see Clarke return to combat

After his first-round match with Christian Harrison was postponed due to poor lighting, Jay Clarke’s struggle to stay at Wimbledon will continue into the following day.

The Briton was down 7-6 (3) 6-1 but was up a break in the third set before Harrison broke back to tie the match at 5-5 and the day’s play on Court 18 was suspended.

Americans are eligible Harrison needed a medical time-out for a right foot ailment, but he persevered and got to within two games of advancing to the next round before the game had to be called just after 9 o’clock.

Marin Cilic, a former finalist at Wimbledon, has been eliminated from the competition after testing positive for Covid.

Nuno Borges will take Cilic’s spot in the first round matchup against Mackenzie McDonald after Cilic’s loss to Roger Federer in the 2017 final.

Cilic posted on Twitter, “Hey guys, I’m sad to share that I tested positive for COVID.”

 

Last update: : June 28, 2022

Category: Tennis