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Watch Andy Murray pull off the insane FOREARM serve as Brite fights back to beat James Duckworth in Wimbledon thriller

NAUGHTY Andy Murray broke etiquette on center court with a serve under his arm as he won Wimbledon’s War of the Walking Wounded.

Murray, 35, came to SW19 as a real fitness doubt due to a sore stomach he suffered two weeks ago which prevented him from serving properly.

Andy Murray fought well to get past James Duckworth on center court

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Andy Murray fought well to get past James Duckworth on center courtCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
The former world No. 1 pulled out a forearm serve in the third set

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The former world No. 1 pulled out a forearm serve in the third set

But in this match of hospital patients, the Scot eliminated the Australian series loser James Duckworth in the first round 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 4.

It was a result that dismissed all physical concerns and a marathon match that nearly delayed BBC News by ten.

However, the Scot was in a mischievous mood as he pulled off a Nick Kyrgios special to entertain the crowd in the fourth game of the third set.

Though Duckworth is a long way behind, no one expected the two-time Wimbledon winner to hit under the arm.

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It’s just not the right thing in this glorious setting, it’s just not tennis age.

Murray was nearly penalized for that surprise move, but Duckworth failed to convert the point after a poor connection with his racquet.

It is the second time Murray has tried the controversial tactic – the last time was in Indian Wells in October 2021 against Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz.

But to pull off the trick on the world’s most famous square on prime-time television took some big Scottish cojones.

Murray, who has never lost in the first round, defended the forearm serve and said it was not an act of disrespect.

He said: “Well, he changed his return position – that’s why I did it.

“He struggled a bit on the first return of serve, so he probably stepped back two meters more. As soon as I saw him step further back, I threw in the cuff.

“I personally have no problem with players using it. I never.

“It is a legitimate way of serving. I would never do a forearm serve when someone is standing on the baseline because I think that’s a stupid idea.

“It’s a smart game tactically.

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“Nobody says it’s disrespectful for someone to come back 5-6 yards behind the baseline to gain an advantage.

“So I used it not to be disrespectful to him, but to say if you step back further to return serve to buy yourself more time then I’m going to take advantage of that.”

When Murray walked onto Center Court for dinner, it was like stepping back years to the glory days.

There, in the players’ box, was the reassuring sight of baseball-wearing Ivan Lendl, who had agreed to a third term as coach in March.

Murray revealed on the eve of that game that the Czech-born American took a chance when others were uninterested in helping someone with a metal hip implant.

Duckworth, 30, is someone on tour who can sympathize with the injury woes, having undergone nine surgeries in ten years.

And indeed, he was operated on by the same Melbourne-based doctor Murray used in January 2018.

Murray suffered a blow while dropping the opening set

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Murray suffered a blow while dropping the opening setCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Murray already has two Wimbledon singles titles to his name

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Murray already has two Wimbledon singles titles to his nameCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

The Sydney slugger had lost nine of 11 previous games this year while recovering from hip surgery but showed he would be competitive by winning the opener.

Duckworth twice complained to the referee about the light quality at the beginning of the sunset and asked if it would be closed before it was closed after the third set was completed, which Murray claimed.

The world No. 74 hinted that if Murray had asked it would have happened instantly, strongly suggesting a home bias in favor of the former world No. 1.

After a ten-minute delay, Murray returned to the court and eventually wrapped up the win in two hours and 43 minutes after a ley serve break in the ninth game of the fourth set.

Next in his quest for a third title will be regular appearances from John Isner, who he has unbeaten in eight previous games.

Whether he would attempt another forearm serve against the American giant remains to be seen.

Murray, who has never lost in the first singles round, said: “It’s amazing to be back here with a full crowd after the past few years. An amazing atmosphere.

“I’m making a bit of progress now. I don’t know how many opportunities I’ll get to play on this pitch. I want to make the best of them.

“I’m glad I made it through. Hopefully I’ll get another match in a few days.

“I recovered well after the first set, he likes to play on the grass, he has come back from hip surgery.

“But once I found my returns as the game progressed I felt comfortable, I did well to go through.

“Before the first game there are always nerves and pressure and butterflies and stress. Due to the stomach injury in Stuttgart, it was a longer build-up for me.

“I trained a lot here. So it’s great to get a win and hopefully I’ll play better from now on.”

Mrs. Kim was in the players' box to cheer on her husband

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Mrs. Kim was in the players’ box to cheer on her husbandCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Murray struggled on serve in the first but was much better in the second

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Murray struggled on serve in the first but was much better in the secondCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

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