35-year-old Andy Murray rewinds the year to deliver a stunning five-set victory over No. 13 seed Matteo Berrettini in an epic Australian Open first-round match that lasts nearly five hours
- Andy Murray got off to a good start and took a two-set lead over Matteo Berrettini.
- But the Italian fought back to win the third and started hitting his stride
- The fourth set was tense, but they won 9-7 in a dramatic tiebreaker.
- Murray won an incredible 10-point match tiebreaker in the fifth set
- The 35-year-old Murray reversed the years in 4 hours and 49 minutes.
Andy Murray recorded one of the most extraordinary victories of his career, defeating Matteo Berrettini in the thrilling first round of the Australian Open on a court that has suffered many heartbreaks.
After losing five finals in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena, the 35-year-old Scott beat nerves to beat the 2021 Wimbledon finalists 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-7 7-6. , was highly appreciated. 4 hours 49 minutes.
The Italians dominated in the final three sets, but Murray got nervous in a sudden-death ‘Champions’ tie-break and won 10-6. He plays Fabio Fognini or Australian Tanasi Kokkinakis.
Andy Murray looks back on his near-best when he beat Matteo Berrettini
Berrettini was considered a favorite to win the tournament, but upset in Round 1
British star rewinds years to overcome 13th seed at Australian Open
The 35-year-old worked hard in the offseason and the fruits of his labor were clearly visible
It was Murray’s best performance at a Grand Slam since he developed a problem with his hip, which now sees a lump of metal in the affected area. He always led in the tiebreak and took a 5-0 lead.
Berrettini, a 31 ace, hit him back 8-6, but Murray held on again to close it out with a marginally lucky net code.
“How I feel tonight, but I’m incredibly proud and happy. It was,” Murray said. “He was serving brilliantly and he was a great competitor, so he did well.
Dan Evans beat Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-4 to advance to the second round with a match against Frenchman Jeremy Chardi.
Evans walked off the court one up to Bagnis in two sets because of the heat, but Murray, who will be playing under the roof of Rod Laver Arena, had no such concerns.
Murray looked exhausted after 4 hours and 49 minutes of grueling action
There was a lot of support for Murray as the match extended into the evening
Lots of fist pumps from Murray and his body language was positive throughout
Murray sent a warning shot to the rest of the field with a great touch
Its closing slows down the condition slightly. This helped take a bit of a stab out of the giant Berrettini combination of serve and forehand.
Returning aggressively and attacking his backhand, Murray sped up at the start and took advantage of the decidedly roped play from the 13th seed.
Scott was impressively sharp on break points and had only one player in it when he led two sets. He turned the clock back on a court with so much history.
At 2-2 in the third set, the match turned when Murray failed to convert two break points to take it to 3-1. He then played his game sloppily serving to be broken, becoming particularly frustrated with the box.
Berrettini faced a difficult opponent desperate to cross the line in Melbourne
Berrettini dignified the loss and then hugged Murray at the net
With no break points at all in the fourth set, the now-improved Berrettini drew big serves when needed, including 5-6 30-30. Even Ivan Lendl was seen screaming from his support box, a rare sight.
The tiebreak was a nerve-wracking affair, with Murray holding on to a 4-5 lead with a spectacular forehand. At 6-6, Murray dove into the net with the Italian’s drive, but he volleyed just over the baseline. Berrettini sealed it with his third request of his 9-7.
With a knee injury, Murray was forced to cling to his beloved life in the playoffs as he scored serve winners and aces in monotonous regularity.
At 4-5, Berrettini needed to score the first match point, but with Murray grounded, he scored an embarrassing backhand hash and sent it into the net. Somehow he dragged it into the tiebreak.
Murray survives match point to advance to second round of tournament
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