Battling Murray into Wimbledon third round


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The former world no. 1 battled back from a 2 to 1 set deficit to defeat German Oscar Otte in the 2nd round

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after winning against Germany's Oscar Otteon in Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. (Photo: AP)

London: Andy Murray battled back from a two sets to one deficit to defeat German qualifier Oscar Otte and reach the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.

Former number one Murray triumphed 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 over the 151st-ranked Otte under the roof of Centre Court.

The British star, playing in the singles event for the first time since 2017 and ranked a lowly 118 after a battle against hip and groin injuries, avoided what would have been his earliest exit from the tournament.

He will face Canadian 10th seed Denis Shapovalov for a place in the last 16.

Otte had played Monday and Tuesday to see off fellow qualifier Arthur Rinderknech with that match decided by a final set tie-breaker, 13-12.