Tennis News: Andy Murray wins a three-set classic against Frances Tiafoe at the European Open in Antwerp

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Tennis News: Andy Murray congratulated opponent Frances Tiafoe off the court after saving two match points and winning an intense three-set match lasting three hours and 45 minutes on Tuesday at the European Open in Antwerp.

Murray, who lost to Tiafoe in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open in August, demonstrated how far he has come in the last few months with a 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (10-8) victory.

The two-time Wimbledon winner will at the very least have a day off before facing second seed Diego Schwartzman on Thursday.

“I don’t recall ever playing a match like that. I believe this is the longest three-set match I’ve ever played by a long shot “Murray stated this during his on-court interview. “I’m exhausted right now. It was an incredible battle.

“When I had chances, he kept coming up with amazing serves and great hits.

“My body is old now; I’ve played a lot of matches on the tour, so I don’t mind playing long matches, but that was pushing it.”

Murray won his first title two years ago in Belgium’s port city during a dream run following hip surgery.

He appeared to be on track for a first-round triumph after surviving a 78-minute first set in which he trailed 1-2, 5-6, and a set point before winning in a tie-break.

The second set lasted an hour and 21 minutes, and while the former world No. 1 fought back, saving five set points, world No. 48 Tiafoe ultimately took his chance at the sixth attempt with a crushing forehand half-volley.

Murray and Tiafoe traded serve breaks midway through the final set, which was inevitably decided in a tie-break.

The American failed to convert his two match points, allowing Murray, the world No. 172, to triumph with a superb drop shot.

“It’s just so good to be back playing in front of crowds again,” Murray remarked, “and it’s so crucial for events like this to garner crowd support at the start of the week.”

“I’ll take advantage of my day off tomorrow to try to recuperate and maybe be ready for Thursday.”

Jenson Brooksby won 6-4 6-4 against fifth seed Reilly Opelka, and San Diego native Brandon Nakashima won 6-4 6-0 over sixth seed Alex de Minaur.

Heather Watson of the United Kingdom lost for the sixth time in a row in the first round of the Tenerife Ladies Open, despite rallying from 3-5 down in the last set against Danish teenager Clara Tauson.

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