5 of Andy Murray's greatest ever comeback victories


Andy Murray had to come from two sets down to beat 37-year-old qualifier Radek Stepanek at the French Open on Tuesday.

Murray was forced to dig deep to avoid a shock first-round exit at Roland Garros as he won 3-6 3-6 6-0 6-2 7-5 to keep alive his hopes of a first grand slam title in Paris.

Here's a look at five other classic Murray comebacks.

Gilles Simon

2015 Davis Cup quarter-finals, 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-0

Andy Murray celebrates beating Gilles Simon

This was not a five-setter but it certainly felt like it. Murray was exhausted, coming into the tie just a week after losing to Roger Federer at Wimbledon and winning his third rubber in three days to drag Britain into the semi-finals of a competition where they would go on to be crowned champions. One of the gutsiest displays of his career, Murray broke down in tears after fighting back to seal victory.

Fernando Verdasco

2013 Wimbledon quarter-finals, 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5

Fernando Verdasco and Andy Murray shake hands at Wimbledon

Another of Murray's greatest triumphs was very nearly curtailed as Verdasco's booming forehand almost sent the Scot packing. With Sir Alex Ferguson watching on, however, Murray produced a late turnaround of which Manchester United would have been proud, showing courage and physical resilience to win in three hours and 27 minutes. It was the closest he came to defeat en route to his first Wimbledon title.

Robin Haase

2011 US Open second round, 6-7 (5/7) 2-6 6-2 6-0 6-4

Andy Murray celebrates winning a point against Robin Haase

Nobody expected Murray to lose to Haase, who was ranked 41st in the world, but the British number one played so poorly in the opening two sets that defeat looked entirely plausible. Like Verdasco, Haase has a powerful armoury and he unleashed to great effect until Murray finally turned the tide in the third set. In baking hot conditions, this was a brutal contest and Murray had to draw on all his powers of mental resilience to come through.

Viktor Troicki

2011 French Open last 16, 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5

Viktor Troicki reacts after missing a shot against Andy Murray

Murray was suffering from a sore ankle and his inner demons seemed to be getting the better of him too as a bad-tempered display allowed Troicki to storm into a two-set lead. Back Murray came, however, and, split over two days due to bad light, the Scot turned the match around to force a decider. Troicki was two points away from victory in the fifth but the Serbian was unable to capitalise and instead it was Murray who held his nerve to sneak through.

Richard Gasquet

2008 Wimbledon last 16, 5-7 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 6-4

Andy Murray celebrates beating Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon

Perhaps the greatest comeback of Murray's career remains his earliest as the Briton enthralled a packed-out Centre Court crowd with a superb win over Gasquet. As the clock ticked past 9pm, the Frenchman began complaining about bad light but Murray had the momentum and home support to win from two sets down for the very first time in his career. "That was the best moment I've ever had on a tennis court," Murray said afterwards. "To come back from two sets to love and win - it is an awesome feeling."