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Andy Murray saves two match points en route to stunning 7-6 6-7 7-6 win over Frances Tiafoe at European Open in Antwerp

, Andy Murray saves two match points en route to stunning 7-6 6-7 7-6 win over Frances Tiafoe at European Open in Antwerp

KNACKERED Andy Murray survived two match points in a rollercoaster clash at the scene of his greatest triumph since a hip op.

The tenacious Scot beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 6-7 7-6 after more than three-and-a-half hours in the first round of the European Open in Antwerp.

Andy Murray saved two match points to survive in the European Open
The knackered star beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 6-7 7-6

There was full respect between the two warriors and they shared a touching hug at the end.

It is a surprise Tiafoe, 23, survived as long as he did given he had lengthy medical treatment on his lower back after FIVE GAMES.

It was this hard-court indoor event that Muzza won two years ago, proving all the doubters wrong given he had had a metal hip implant just nine months earlier.

It is a result that will justify his wildcard and silence though that feel he has taken a spot from a newcomer.

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Murray, 34, who has slipped to 172 in the world, will play Diego Schwartzman in the last-16.

The Argentine might be ranked number two in the draw but won’t hold many fears given he was crushed last week in Indian Wells by Cameron Norrie.

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Murray said: “I think that’s the first time in my career I have played 7-6 6-7 7-6. I don’t think I have played a match like that before.

“It’s the longest three-set match I have played by quite some distance.

“I am tired right now. It was an unbelievable battle. He kept coming up with brilliant serves and shots when I was having chances.

“Nowadays my body is old now, I have played a lot of matches, I don’t mind playing long matches but that took it to another level. I will use my day off now to feel okay for Thursday.”

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