Andy Murray makes winning return at US Open

Author: PAS
Andy Murray wins his first best-of-five-set match in over a year
Andy Murray wins his first best-of-five-set match in over a year

 Andy Murray enjoyed a winning return to Grand Slam tennis as he fought back to beat Australia's James Duckworth in the US Open first round.

The 31-year-old won 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 6-3 on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at Flushing Meadows.

It was Murray's first best-of-five-set match in 14 months, having had surgery on a long-term hip injury in January.

The Scot will play Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco in the second round in New York.

"I'm very happy to be back," Murray said.

Andy Murray in action in his opening match at the 2018 US Open

He has faced a long road to recovery after opting to have surgery, tentatively coming back early this year before deciding he still was not fit enough to play five sets at Wimbledon.

Although he had to pull out of his home Slam with a "heavy heart", making his five-set comeback at Flushing Meadows - where he played in his first major final and won his first Slam four years later in 2012 - was the next best thing.

Walking out on the newly renovated court, Murray received a huge ovation - only bettered by the one which greeted the winning point.

Signs of tension were apparent as he closed in on his first Slam win since beating France's Benoit Paire in the Wimbledon fourth round last year, a double fault at 30-15 in the final game briefly delaying his victory.

But a sharp scamper from the baseline ended in a stretching scoop over the net before a powerful first serve on match point put Duckworth on the back foot.

Murray raised both arms skywards in triumph after Duckworth pumped a forehand into the net, clenching his fist towards his watching team, which included wife Kim.