Wimbledon men's round up: Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios survive five set encounters to go to next round

Andy Murray overcame German Oscar Otte in a five setter and Nick Kyrgios Kyrgios edged past Ugo Humbert 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 9-7 to go through to the next round.

Andy Murray battles past Oscar Otte in a five setter 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to go through to the third round of Wimbledon 2021; Credit: Twitter/@Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios edged past Hugo Humbert to go through to the second round of Wimbledon. The Australian who is playing out of his home for the first time in 18 months got the better of the French man  in a five stetter with scores of 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 9-7. The 26-year-old who is ranked 60th in the world will face Italian Gianluca Mager in the second round fixture. 

“Ugo is an incredible kid and I knew I was a massive underdog,” said Kyrgios after firing 23 aces and 51 winners past the Halle champion.

Meanwhile Andy Murray rolled back the years to beat German qualifier Oscar Otte 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a thrilling encounter at centre court. The 34-year-old Briton who won the title in 2013 and 2016 is playing at the competition for the first time in four years.

He has undergone two hip surgeries and was on the verge of exiting in the second round for the first time before showing a champions resilience to book a meeting with Canadian 10th seed Shapovalav for a place in the last-16.

“What an atmosphere to play in at the end,” said 34-year-old Murray after seeing off his 151st-ranked opponent.

“I needed everyone’s help tonight. I did a great job, played some top shots at the end but it was a tough match.”

Novak Djokavic convincingly beat two time major finalist Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 41 minutes in the second round match without facing a single break point and committing just six unforced errors.

“I have a nice connection with the crowd,” said Djokovic.

“I also seem to be having a really nice connection with the grass. I don’t recall falling so much in the first two matches at Wimbledon.”




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