London, July 1 (IANS) Home favorite Andy Murray, who had trained with Roger Federer ahead of the Wimbledon Championship, won a marathon five-setter 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 against German Oscar Eight to reach the third round here.
Murray, 34, was awarded a wildcard to this year’s Wimbledon when the three-time Grand Slam champion suffered a setback while trying to return to the tour after hip surgery.
The former world No. 1 spent three and a half hours watching 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round on Monday and needed to fight 20 minutes longer on Wednesday against Otte, who played on the Grand Slam turf for the first time, reports Xinhua.
Murray took the first set 6-3, but Otte came from behind to win the following two sets 6-4, 6-4. The duo sawed until the roof of the center field was closed and the lights were turned on as Murray packed the game up 6-4, 6-2.
Murray said the victory meant a lot to him as he had suffered many setbacks while trying to return from injury.
“It’s hard to go out and play games of that length when you know you’ve not had many games, not had a lot of preparation and not played a whole lot of turf tennis in four years,” said Murray, who played for the first time at Wimbledon since 2017.
Murray will lock horn with Canadian 10th frog Denis Shapovalov as the 22-year-old advanced to the third round of Wimbledon for the first time after a walkover from Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar.
Previously, men’s reigning champion Novak Djokovic won the third round by beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
Women’s singles 2nd seed Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus came from a set down to defeat home player Katie Boulter 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The 41-year-old Venus Williams was thrown by Tunisian Ons Jabeur 5-7, 0-6 in a straight set in the second round. Her 39-year-old sister Serena Williams had to retire midway through injuring her leg in Tuesday’s first round match.