Wimbledon 2021: Andy Murray beats Oscar Otte in second-round thriller

Last update on. From the section TennisWimbledon 2021 at the BBC Dates: All England Club: 28 June-11 Jul Coverage: Live on BBC TV, Radio and Online with extensive coverage on BBC iPlayer and Red Button, Connected TVs, and mobile app. You can find more details hereAndy Murray, Britain's number one tennis player, defied all odds to reach the Wimbledon third round. He beat Oscar Otte, a German qualifier.The Scot was leading by a set, a break, but momentum switched to Otte. Otte, a SW19 debutant, was ranked 151st worldwide.Murray, 34, was tired as Otte won the third match for a 2-1 advantage. Before darkness forced them off court, the pair looked exhausted.Murray won 6-3, 4-6,4-6,6-4,6-2 with the support of his crowd.Centre Court was closed to 7,500 fans as part of government's event research program. Murray, who believed he would need to retire in 2019 due to a serious hip injury, urged them to continue their support starting with the fourth set.It became an electric atmosphere when Murray, now pumped up, played towards victory, supported by the sound of singing from the partisan crowd."I enjoyed the match's end. Murray said that the middle part was not as enjoyable. He has suffered a number of minor injuries since his career-saving hip resurfacing."What a great atmosphere to be in at the finish. Although the whole crowd was incredible, there were some guys who kept me motivated. "I needed the help of everyone."Murray had another amazing evening at the All England Club. It came just 48 hours after he beat Georgia's 24th seed Nikoloz Basashvili.Murray was reenergized from the forced break to allow the roof to close, just like that match.After a 15-minute break, Murray won seven of nine games to regain control.There was still plenty of tension and excitement. Murray struggled to hold serve at 5-2. He finally broke the tie with a stretching volley that left his wife Kim in disbelief.He sealed the remarkable win with a moment full of brilliance. Murray's inch-perfect lob was the match point. Otte raced forward and Murray won. Centre Court erupted.Murray will now face a class step-up when he takes on Canadian 10th seed Denis Shapovalov, in the third round.Shapovalov (22 years old) will be rested after he was given a walkover Wednesday due to a rib injury suffered by Pablo Andujar, Spain's second-round opponent.Murray, after looking down and maybe out, rallied to win his Wimbledon record of never losing a second round match to Wimbledon to 13.Murray answers questions regarding recovery in styleMurray's first Wimbledon singles appearance since January 2019, when he had serious hip surgery, was his best performance since his return from that time. He thought it would be the end of his career.Next, he was asked if he would be able recover enough to play in another Grand Slam match 48-hours later.Murray spoke about how he "barely walked" after beating Yoshihito Nishioka from Japan at the US Open last season - his last five sets.It was due to Murray's niggling groin injury, which has continued to plague him over the past nine months.He was able to practice on Tuesday at the All England Club, which is encouraging. At first, he looked like he was moving well against Otte, 27 years old.Murray moved smoothly through the gears to win the first set. He then took a second break of service and looked in complete control when he broke again for a 3-0 lead in the second.The German quickly won a sloppy game of service and Otte was able to break for 4-3 thanks to three amazing winners.Murray, who fell on Wimbledon grass during the fourth set, was a concern. He cried out in pain, held his troublesome groin and tried to hold it in, but it didn't seem too serious.Murray began to feel more depressed as Otte completed the set. Murray's chuntering, which we have seen throughout his career, became more intense while his body language was filled with resignation.The Centre Court atmosphere was now subdued, and there was no celebration other than Otte's roar.Murray had not been able to rally the crowd to this point and suddenly realized he needed to create a more lively atmosphere.Murray was able to land the winners and reach the balls that he couldn't in the middle of the match because the fans were supportive."I needed to try something new. He said, "I started going for my shots more and started dictating more points.""Because I had a lack of matches, I didn't make the right choices a lot of times.""Not bad for a guy who has a metal hip."British number two Heather Watson said Murray's performance was "not terrible for a guy who has a metal hip", while Anne Keothavong, GB Fed Cup captain, said he was "absolute legend".Leon Smith, Great Britain Davis Cup captain, said "Now that's entertainment."