Andy Murray wins a dramatic five-set thriller against Oscar Otte
Andy Murray continued his Wimbledon run with a vintage comeback to defeat German
qualifier Oscar Otte in five thrilling sets under the Centre Court roof on Wednesday.
Former world No 1 Murray looked up for the challenge after winning the opening set,
but the physical drama of his four-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili on Monday took its
toll as he fell behind and looked to be heading for the exit door.
Despite taking an awkward tumble early in the fourth set, the Scot came back out after
the roof was closed showing all his trademark competitive spirit to win a thriller 6-3 4-6
4-6 6-4 6-2
Otte, making his Wimbledon debut, was playing for the third day in a row having come
through a two-day marathon against fellow qualifier Arthur Rinderknech to win only the
second deciding tie-break in All England Club history.
He is ranked down at 151 but led by two sets to love against Alexander Zverev in the first
round of the French Open before losing in five and Murray knew the German with his
unorthodox serving style could prove a difficult opponent on his day and so it proved for
periods of their dramatic contest
Four years after limping out of Wimbledon following a quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey,
Murray’s expectations were severely tempered by ongoing physical issues and a lack of
match play heading into this year’s Wimbledon.
But after his thrilling victory over 24th seed Basilashvili, the two-time Wimbledon
champion continued his winning momentum after the roof was closed under darkening
skies at 2-2 in the fourth, claiming 10 out of the next 14 games to make it through to the
third round after three hours and 51 minutes.
Speaking to the crowd, Murray said with a slightly rueful smile: “I enjoyed the end,
the middle part not so much. What an atmosphere to play in at the end. I needed
everyone’s help tonight. I played some great shots at the end to finish it but it was a tough match.
“I had to do something differently. I started going for my shots more, started dictating
more of the points. I think I played the right way the last couple of sets. The first set and
a half was really good, it’s just the bits in the middle I’d like to change.
“I’m obviously tired. I fell over a couple of times, pretty slick courts. Considering
everything, I feel all right. Hopefully, I come out on Friday and play in another
atmosphere like this and hopefully perform well.