ANDY MURRAY conjured up another miracle comeback to beat Holland number two Tallon Griekspoor and give Great Britain a winning start to their Davis Cup opener in Madrid.
The former world number one is playing in the competition for the first time since 2016 and his return to form and fitness had been seen as a major boost to Britain’s hopes of challenging for the trophy at the inaugural finals week.
Murray was given a huge scare by an unheralded opponent ranked 179. Crucially for Britain, though, the Scot’s famous fighting spirit was very much in evidence and he battled back from 1-4 down in the deciding set to win 6-7 (7) 6-4 7-6 (5) after two hours and 51 minutes.
The deciding tie-break was a masterclass in extraordinary defence from Murray, who said: ‘It was a very, very tough match, fantastic atmosphere.
‘I think that was one of the things that some of the players were worried about, playing at a neutral venue, but I thought the atmosphere was brilliant from both sets of fans.
‘He played brilliant. I was lucky at the end of the match. He deserved to win.’
This was Murray’s first match since his remarkable title victory in Antwerp a month ago as he continues to comeback from hip surgery.
The Scot also admitted he had put on a few pounds as he spent time away from the court following the birth of his son Teddy.