Swiss Indoors: Andy Murray struggles to defeat qualifier Roman Safiullin in Basel


Andy Murray feared he would have to retire in 2019 due to a hip injury

Britain’s Andy Murray came from a set down as he edged past qualifier Roman Safiullin in an entertaining opening match at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

The former world number one, 35 years old, has also been left behind in the decisive group.

But Murray closed out the match in style, winning five games in a row as he overturned a 4-1 deficit to beat Russia’s Safiullin 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4.

Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain or Laslo Dere from Serbia will play next.

Currently ranked 49th in the world, Murray was drawn against three-time Grand Slam winner Sebastian Korda. lost in the quarter-finals in Gijon At the beginning of the month, but the American withdrew, injured.

The Scot responded immediately after seeing his serve broken in the first set, but world number 93 Safiullin took the opening set away in a tight tie-break.

Murray saw five break points as he avoided dropping a break early in the second set before taking a third chance in the sixth game en route to leveling the match.

Unable to escape a fourth break point in the deciding fourth game, Murray was once again forced to come from behind.

He did it in emphatic fashion, punching the air after scoring the second of his three match points.

In Vienna, compatriot Dan Evans beat Germany’s Oscar Otte 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to set up a second-round match with Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

Opening day in Basel on Monday, world number one Carlos Alcaraz came back from a set To defeat the British Jack Draper.

Roger Federer, who won the Swiss Indoors record 10 times at home He announced his retirement in SeptemberIt is being held for the first time in three years after the coronavirus pandemic.

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