Britain’s Andy Murray and Johanna Konta both returned back to winning ways in America last night.
Murray completes win over Zverev
Murray, earned his first win against a top ten player since 2017 by defeating Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile, Konta disposed of Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens in straight sets in the women’s event.
Murray, playing his first top level tournament since November after injury completed a 6-3,3-6,7-5. The Scot who is currently ranked 129th in the world took two and a half hours to beat the World number seven.
This was Murray’s best victory since beating Novak Djokovic at the O2 in 2016to finish the year end No.1. It was also his first top 10 win since the 2017 French Open.
Event moved to Flushing Meadow
The Western and Southern Open is usually held in Cincinnati but was moved to Flushing Meadows to create a safety bubble.
Murray will next play Milos Raonic of Canada next who defeated Britain’s Dan Evans.
Murray back on the comeback trail
Former world number one Murray who had a second major hip surgery in January 2019 is again on the comeback trail. After beating wildcard Frances Tiafo in the first round he faced a sterner test against Zverev.
An impressive first set saw the Scot take it 6-3. Midway through the second set his level dipped as Zverev fought back to take the match into a third set. Murray took a 3-1 lead in the decider, only for the Russian to show his resilience by winning four games in a row.
He was serving for the match but his major weakness has always been his second serve. This reared its ugly head again when he produced five double faults as Murray claimed the final three games for victory.
Just like a boxer, the more times you try to knock Murray down the more he gets up. He keeps proving the doubters wrong time and time again.
Meanwhile, Konta earned her first competitive victory since the WTA restarted with a big win.
The number eight seed who was given a first round bye took the final eleven games to triumph 6-2,6-0.