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.
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 is a result that will justify his wildcard and silence though that feel he has taken a spot from a newcomer.
موراي, 34, who has slipped to 172 فى العالم, 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.”