Andy Murray was in resurgent kind, sealing his greatest victory in years on the Rod Laver Enviornment on Tuesday. The Scotsman defeated Matteo Berrettini in a primary spherical thriller, in a match which was greater than 4-1/2 hours.
Murray initially constructed an enormous lead, and instantly misplaced it completely, then wanted to save lots of a match level towards his Italian opponent, and managed to eke out a shocking 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-7(7) 7-6(10-6) victory.
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Such was the depth of the match that even Novak Djokovic and Fabio Fognini have been glued to the tv within the gamers lounge and easily regarded shocked in silence by the competitiveness of the sport. Right here is the video of the pair following the match:
That is the primary time since 2017, Murray has defeated a top-20 opponent at a Grand Slam occasion. He was presupposed to retire in 2019, a yr after his first hip operation. In a second surgical procedure, he inserted a steel hip and determined to proceed taking part in.
A five-time runners-up at Australian Open, Murray has 4 losses within the last to Djokovic and one to Roger Federer. At present ranked 66, Murray completed 2016 as world no. 1. “I’ll be feeling this — this evening and tomorrow. But right now I’m just unbelievably happy. Very proud of myself. I’ve put a lot of work into the last few months with my team to give me the opportunity to perform on stadiums like this, in matches like this, against players like Matteo”, Murray mentioned, after his win.
The 35-year-old cruised via the primary two units with ease in lower than 1-1/2 hours, earlier than Berrettini staged a turnaround and took the match to a fifth. The Italian ace got here inside one level of victory at 5-4 in that set however made a large number of a simple backhand. The pair performed below a closed roof at Rod Laver Enviornment due to the hovering warmth, which had brought about suspensions of play.