NEWYORK (Reuters) – Briton Andy Murray beat Australia’s James Duckworth 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 6-3 in the U.S. Open first round on Monday in a fiery match marked by long rallies in sweltering heat.
It was Murray’s first appearance in a Grand Slam since last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals, nearly a year since he underwent hip surgery.
Duckworth, who has also struggled with injuries, clawed his way back in the first set against a visibly frustrated Murray who dug deep to take the next three sets.
Murray, a former U.S. Open champion, said on Friday he didn’t expect to win the tournament this year, calling it “unrealistic” after recovering from hip surgery.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery, editing by Ed Osmond)