Andy Murray US Open 2021

US Open Social Slice: Andy Murray magic; Casper Ruud bizarre malfunction

On today’s Social Slice, Andy Murray rolls back the years with an impressive first round performance and Casper Ruud questions whether a bizarre moment mid-point should have resulted in a let. 

Firstly, Andy Murray showed signs he was back to his best during his five-set defeat to third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Brit, who came into the contest as the huge underdog, led the Greek by two sets to one before eventually falling to the 23-year-old.

Despite his defeat, the three-time Grand Slam champion played arguably his best tennis since 2016 and produced some trademark Murray magic.

In other news, Casper Ruud continued his impressive form with a comfortable victory over Yuichi Sugita in New York.

Despite his commanding win, Ruud did have to deal with some adversity after being forced to play a point without one of his shoes.

Following the match, Ruud took to social media to question whether it should’ve been a let!

Simona Halep finally returned to Grand Slam action after suffering an injury in Rome earlier this year, which ruled her out of Wimbledon and the subsequent Tokyo Olympics.

Despite a lack of matches, the Romanian produced a trademark performance to overcome one of the most in-form players on the WTA tour in Camila Giorgi.

Halep vowed to ‘just keep fighting’ after her match, with her typical look of steely determination.

There are very few players who can compete with the longevity of Feliciano Lopez.

Remarkably, the Spaniard competed in his 78th consecutive Grand Slam dating back to the Australian Open in 2002.

Unfortunately for Lopez, he was edged out by his compatriot Bernabe Zapata Miralles in five sets.

Lastly, 18-year-old star Carlos Alcaraz silenced those who saw him solely as a clay-courter after earning a stunning straight-sets victory against Cameron Norrie in his first main draw match at the US Open.

The Spaniard has now won 22 of his last 29 matches on the hard-courts and maintains his record of reaching at least the second round in all of the Grand Slams in 2021.

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