Eager fans were not left disappointed yesterday as Andy Murray delivered a victorious comeback in the men's doubles alongside France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The pair faced off against Romanian Marius Copil and French Ugo Humbert, and won 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-0.
A year ago, Murray pulled out on the eve of the tournament. Severe pain in his hip led to a resurfacing surgery in January. At an Australian Open press conference that month, an emotional Murray broke down as he opened up about his fears that the operation might force him to retire. Seeing as how the former world number one would be leaving a career that has brought him a US Open title and two Olympic gold medals, one can empathise with why the operation elicited such anxiety.
The Scot needn't have worried, however, as, despite a slow start, he and Herbert managed to kindle a fire that left the crowd burning with excitement, and ultimately erupted in a victory for him. "I was a little nervous at the start," Murray said afterwards, "but we got better as match (sic.) wore on."
Murray and Herbert are set to play against Croatian sixth seeds Franko Skugor and Nikola Mektic next. Andy's older brother Jamie and Neal Skuspki are potential third round opponents.
Although the crowd was ecstatic to see Murray playing again, and even more so to see him win, there was one person of importance who wasn't there: Andy's mum, Judy, as she was watching her eldest son, Jamie's, match on court 18.
"Obviously when the schedule is like that, she can't watch both. She can't be in two places at once," Murray said. "Maybe they can do my mum and dad a favour and put us on at slightly different times."
With such a blazing comeback, we look forward to seeing how Murray performs for the rest of Wimbledon
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