Andy Murray is unappreciated: Twitter reacts to Scot’s comeback

Andy Murray's remarkable comeback against Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open is greeted by a frenzy of reaction on Twitter

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Andy Murray comes from behind to beat Jarrko Nieminen in Paris Photo: Marianne Bevis

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Andy Murray moved into the third round of the French Open after mounting a remarkable comeback to win 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2 against Jarkko Nieminen on Thursday morning.

The 25-year-old battled through with a back injury to come from a set down to beat his Finnish opponent, prompting Twitter to go into a frenzy.

First set reaction

Murphy Ohenlen ‏(@Chucks_Taylor) starts the pessimism surrounding Murray’s chances: “I’m starting to believe that Andy Murray will never be ranked as number one in the world. Dude has been trying for too long now.”

A cynical Isabelle Scarlett (‏@IsabelleCain) questions the validity of Murray’s injury: “Trust Andy Murray to say he’s ‘injured’ just because he’s losing.#soreloser”

While Joshua Morris ‏@JoshuaMorris is delighted to wake up to see Murray losing: “Wake up to find Andy Murray is getting beat. Fantastic start to the day!”

But Jamie Mc Cowan ‏(@jamiemccowan) has Murray’s long-term interests in mind: “Andy Murray needs to get out of this tournament if he is ‘injured’ – in my opinion he should be fit for Wimbledon!!”

And Anna Fitzpatrick ‏(@TennisFITZY) compares Murray’s woes to Novak Djokovic’s chequered past when it comes to injuries: “Why is it that when Murray is like this he’s a hero but when Novak does it, he’s a villain?! To clarify, I’m not saying Andy is faking, I just think it’s interesting that the automatic assumption is that Novak is faking, Murray’s not!”

Second set reaction

After a lacklustre start to the second set Sam Walsh (‏@Sam_Walsh13) is disillusioned with Murray: “Andy Murray is a joke. Will never win a grand slam #fact”

But as the comeback start, Murray begins to win over viewers, David J Awofisan ‏(@MaccyD_90): “Watching the French Open, Andy Murray playing like a possessed man even with a back injury. #SignUpHisPhysio #RolandGarros”

Mel Jones (‏@meliecupcake) asks a question that is relevant throughout Murray’s career: “Why is it Andy Murray insists on losing his first set before going on to win every time? #britishtrait”

While Holly Ackroyd ‏(@hollyackers) notices a change in Murray’s performance: “Fair play to @andy_murray! After a shocking 1st set he’s definitely picked up his game #rolandgarros #frenchopen”

And Craig White (‏@cwhite1991) heaps praise on the British number one: “Andy Murray’s bravery is incredible. Almost unable to walk throughout the first hour and a half of his match, he’s now 5-4 up in the second.”

Third set reaction

Duncan Jenkins (‏@duncanjenkinsFC) is impressed: “What a comeback by andy murray, he’s got a heart as big as gold. I think he is #mint. #murray #mint #frenchopen”

Shaun Brown (@shaun_brown) wants Murray’s advice on back injuries: “Wish I knew what Andy Murray has done to cure his back problem. Anything to help mine! Or has he just hustled Nieminen?#frenchopen”

Daniel Spirrett (‏@danspirrett) looks at the mental side of the game: “Andy Murray proving the phrase ‘mind over matter’ @rolandgarros#RG12”

While Ianjdc ‏(@ianjdc) attempts to keep the cynics quiet: “Anyone who reckons @andy_murray was merely pretending to have a back injury is, to be frank, a complete idiot! #frenchopen”

Fourth set reaction

Ed White (‏@EdWhite2507) has seen this before from Murray: “Andy Murray having a very similar match versus Jarkko Nieminen to his third round last year against Berrer. Injured, but grinding it out #tennis”

James Bailey (‏@jamiebailey32) is delighted to cash in on Murray’s win: “I smelled a rat during the first set in the Andy Murray match so I put a £20 bet on Murray at 11/1 – I’m loving it.”

Miss Em ‏(@Elementary_Em) defends the Scottish star: “@andy_murray’s complete determination and remarkably impressive play despite his injury proves the snide remarks from the media invalid.”

Robert Galloway ‏(@robert_gallo91) poses a good question: “Is Andy Murray the most underappreciated British sportsman? Unbelievable resilience when many would have given up.”

Anirudh (‏@Anirudh6196) reckons Murray can emulate Chelsea: “Andy Murray destined this win this year’s @rolandgarros maybe? Just like Chelsea were in the Champions League.”

Read Marianne Bevis’ match report in full here

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