German tennis player Oscar Otte showed his respect for Andy Murray ahead of their Wimbledon clash as he says the Briton is a "huge icon in the sport." Otte, ranked at No. 151 in the world, survived an epic first round match at Wimbledon as he edged out Arhur Rinderknech 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5) 13-12 (2): "When I watched his documentary when it came out, actually, I was crying.
It was so emotional and so inspiring. I mean, I'm probably talking for other players, too. He's just huge icon in the sport," Otte said, per George Bellshaw. 7 After beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round, Murray confirmed that he plans to continue his career after Wimbledon.
"I don't know why people keep asking me if this is my last tournament or match. I'm gonna keep playing. I wanna play. He is top 30 in the world. I hardly play any match this year and I beat him," Murray said, per Jose Morgado.
Otte survived a thriller against Rinderknech
Rinderknech claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the way to win the opener. Otte responded as he broke Rinderknech in the fourth game of the second set and held on to his serve to level the match at one set apiece.
After winning the second set, Otte twice broke Rinderknech in the third set to take a 2-1 lead. Otte failed to convert any of his three break points in the fifth game of the fourth set and one more in the seventh game. Otte paid the price for not converting his break point chances as Rinderknech won the fourth set tie-break to force a decider.
Otte had three break points in the fourth game of the fifth set but failed to convert. Rinderknech broke Otte in the 11th game but failed to serve out for the match in the following game., As no more breaks were seen -- the set went into a tie-break -- which Otte dominated to set up a Murray clash.