Andy Murray won the Madrid Open for a third time on Thursday without leaving the solace of his couch.
With tennis suspended until at any rate mid-July, the Scot rose triumphant in a challenge of 16 driving ATP players who had all traded their racquets for PlayStation 4 controllers.
David Goffin was Murray’s casualty in the last, with the world number 121 defeating the Belgian 7-6 (5) on the Tennis World Tour computer game.
Murray, who arrived at the last by walkover after Diego Schwartzmann had an “association issue”, twice served to remain in the challenge and trailed 5-4 in the tie-break before winning the last three focuses.
The Scot, who has not played since November in view of entanglements emerging from his hip activity, had recently won in Madrid on a hard court in 2008, at that point on earth five years prior.
He guaranteed the greatest portion of a 150,000 euros (£131,210) prize pot, some portion of which will be given to bring down positioned players whose earnings have evaporated during the coronavirus pandemic.
Murray decided to give half of his rewards to the NHS.
Kiki Bertens, who ought to have been guarding her WTA title in Madrid one week from now, asserted the ladies’ title.
The Dutch world number seven beat Fiona Ferro of France in the wake of defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals.
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