Andy Murray stated that he had ‘never played a match like it’ after the previous world primary battled previous the American Frances Tiafoe in an epic on the European Open.
The 34-year-old Scot, who has suffered career-threatening hip accidents, saved two match factors to drag off a 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (10/8) victory in an exhilarating first-round conflict in Antwerp.
At 3hr 45min it was the longest best-of-three match this 12 months, the ATP stated, eclipsing the 3hr 38min performed by Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas within the Barcelona closing in April.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that,” an exhausted Murray stated.
“I think it’s the longest three-set match I’ve played by quite a distance. I’m tired right now, obviously it was an unbelievable battle.”
Murray, who shared a heat embrace with the 23-year-old Tiafoe afterwards, added: “Nowadays clearly my physique is previous now. I’ve performed a variety of matches on the Tour.
“I don’t mind playing long matches, but that was taking it to another level.”
Murray, a three-time main champion who had career-saving hip resurfacing surgical procedure two years in the past, is now in a race to get better forward of a tricky take a look at on Thursday in opposition to the Argentine second seed Diego Schwartzman.