British tennis player Andy Murray made a winning return to Grand Slam action yesterday as he had to fight back in order to defeat Australian James Duckworth in the first round of the US Open. The 31 year old former World and British number one finished out 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 6-3 winner in his first Glad slam match since losing his Wimbledon quarter final last year a total of 411 days.
The game was Murray’s first best of five set match since he returned to the court after undergoing hip surgery in the new year an injury that had kept him out for the back end of last season. He had originally targeted Wimbledon for his return however, decided at the time his body wasn’t ready for the rigors of Grand Slam tennis at the time.
When Murray first returned to action during the summer the three-time Gland Slam winner had dropped to 812 in the world rankings, however he has slowly worked his way back to fitness whilst climbing the ranking and is now at 382. Should he continue to progress in this tournament he could see him back in the top 100 before Christmas but will have to overcome Spaniard Fernando Verdasco who is seeded 31st in the next round first.
Current British number one Kyle Edmund wasn’t so lucky has he crashed out of the Open in the first round, suffering a surprise defeat at the hands of Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. Edmund who was seeded 16th for the event lost 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-1 in the high humidity at Flushing Meadows as Lorenzi who is currently ranked number 94 fought back from a set down in order to progress into the next round. Following on from the match, Edmund revelled recent illnesses had taken its toll on his body, telling the BBC;
“There's a point where, physically, you're not up to shape to play, you give your all but I just wasn't good enough today to give my best. After Wimbledon, I've really been put back. This trip, I was always trying to do my best to get physically fit again, so it's a work in progress. There's no point sulking about it – it's very much keep working hard to get it back.”
However, British number two Cameron Norrie had better look has he pushed aside another Australian Jordan Thompson 7-5 4-6 6-4 6-3 in his opening round game. The 23 year old who also made the second round of this Grand Slam event last year will now take on Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic in the next round.