Despair into triumph: Andy Murray’s latest chapter

The Scot's five set win brought drama, physical and mental struggle, despair, frustration, determination and triumph.

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You couldn’t log into the live stream of Andy Murray’s US Open first round match against Yoshihito Nishioka without clicking past a disclaimer.

“Live video programming might contain mature themes.”, it cautioned. No kidding.

The next four hours and 38 minutes brought drama, physical and mental struggle, despair, frustration, determination and triumph. Just the latest chapter of Andy Murray versus probability.

The Scot’s victory at Flushing Meadows in 2012, his first Grand Slam triumph, is unforgettable but seems a lifetime away from his current situation.

His last major event was in January 2019 in Australia when a first round defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut was a detail in the bigger picture of Murray’s admission that his long-troublesome hip complaint required risky surgery and that his career was likely reaching its end.

Every point played since then has been seen with that operation in mind.

Resurfaced hips at the top end of elite sport are about as common as Scottish Grand Slam winners.