French Open: Andy Murray's great escape in Rd 1 against Radek Stepanek
Paris: World number two Andy Murray completed his recovery from a two-set deficit against Czech veteran Radek Stepanek to advance to the French Open second round yesterday.
Andy Murray exults after winning a five-setter against Radek Stepanek in the first round of the French Open. Pic/Getty Images
Murray was up a break in the fourth but trailing by two sets to one when play was suspended on Monday due to darkness, but the Scot returned to close out a 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 win over the 37-year-old Stepanek.
“He’s always been extremely difficult to play,” said Murray after a contest that lasted three hours 41 minutes. “He was playing drop shots, hitting the ball very flat, it was very difficult to get into a rhythm. That’s credit to him and the way he played.”
Murray conceded there had been little margin for error when play resumed barely more than 12 hours later in more overcast conditions.
Pretty stressful: Andy
“Today was pretty, you know, stressful. Kind of an hour and a half I think we were on the court, something like that.
“It’s never easy playing a match over two days. Especially when it ended up kind of being just a one-set shootout really in the end.
“It wasn’t the best tennis. I didn’t expect it to be pretty today, but I just wanted to get through.”