Andy Murray won his first Top 10 victory in more than three years at the Western & Southern Open 2020 on Monday, beating world number seven Alexander Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
The three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray who has been battling a prolonged hip injury resumed his tennis career at the Cincinnati Masters. Coming from a point where he thought about retiring from the sport, this tournament means a lot to him.
Gaining a victory over the world number seven would have proved to be a source of motivation for the Briton. Murray’s win against Alexander Zverev in this match is his biggest win in terms of the FedEx ATP Rankings since his win against Novak Djokovic in the 2016 Nitto ATP Finals championship match.
Alexander Zverev too seemed very impressed with the way the Scot played on the court. “It’s pretty good. I was very surprised at how well he’s moving. He’s moving quite fine, quite normally.”, the German said.
“It was a scratchy match. I think after six months off, it’s not easy. And he played a three-setter [in the first round], which I think helped him a little bit.”, Alexander Zverev added, talking about how it felt like to compete after a six months break.
“Credit to him. He fought to the end and he deserves to win”- Alexander Zverev
The Briton was at a high in his career when a severe hip injury caused a setback for him. He underwent hip resurfacing surgery in January last year and made a successful return in June.
Andy Murray was back to trophy-winning ways by October as he won the European Open in Antwerp. But this trend didn’t last long as he was forced to pull out of several tournaments in November, including the Australian Open, at the start of the 2020 season.
The 33-year-old Andy Murray admitted at this point that his injury was “unbelievably complex” and could require further surgery. Even after undergoing such a difficult phase in his life, he bounced back and has started with a win!