Andy Murray of Great Britain advanced to the second round of the on-going U.S Open Tennis Championship with a comeback victory over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishoka in a night match played in Arthur Ashe Stadium. After winning the first two sets 6/4, 6/4, the Japanese player seemed headed to a quick victory over Murray whose condition was suspect as he was returning to competition after a hip replacement surgery.
The hard-fighting Scot barely escaped a straight-set loss when he took the third set in a tie break (7 points to 5), repeated the feat in the fourth set (7 points to 4), and clinched the decider 6/4.
The Murray classic was followed by third-seeded Serena Williams, who defeated compatriot Kristie Ahn 7/5, 6/3 for a record-setting 102 singles victories in New York since her debut in 1998 and the first title in 1999. After the close first set, Serena was devastating in the second set and tallied 12 aces and only two double faults in the match. It was an apt birthday victory for her daughter Olympia. The philosophical star commented on the role of sports.
“What’s most important about this event taking place is just the spirit. Sports have been gone for so long, particularly tennis. We missed two Grand Slams. The morale can be really low in the world with everything that’s going on. Sometimes you just want to take your mind off of it.”