Britain’s Andy Murray played a marathon 5 hours 45 minutes to beat Australia’s Thanasi Kokinakis 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a five-set thriller at the Australian Open. . Thursday. It registered as the second longest match in the history of the tournament as Murray reached the third round. Two-time Wimbledon winner Murray now faces Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday.
After being two sets down in the match, it was an incredible turnaround from Murray who then won back-to-back sets to overtake the Australian. His graceful gameplay was recognized and admired by friends and nine-time Australian Open champion. Novak Djokovic. Serbia’s Djokovic posted on Instagram Stories and “Extraordinary fighting spirit from a great champion! Really inspiring! Well done mate”.
Although Murray won, he was highly critical of the match’s timing, which was extended to 4:05 a.m. local time. Moreover, he was angry that he was not allowed to take a toilet break after all the allotment.
“I respect the rules. It’s disrespectful that the tournament has kept us out here until 3…4 in the morning and we’re not allowed to go and pee,” Murray complained to the match official. Murray complained to the match official.
He added, “It’s a joke, it’s a joke. You know it. It’s disrespectful to you, disrespectful to the ball kids, disrespectful to the players and we’re not allowed to go to the toilet, ridiculous. “, he added.
Meanwhile, Djokovic overcame Enzo Couacaud 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-0 to reach the third round of the tournament in pursuit of a 10th career title. The fourth seed battled problems with his hamstring but produced a brilliant performance. With 21 Grand Slam titles, he is just one short of Rafael Nadal’s record for the most titles won by a men’s tennis player.
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