Murray qualified at… four in the morning, an incredible point makes the buzz

Aurélien Canot, Media365, published on Thursday January 19, 2023 at 6:47 p.m.

Five-time tournament runner-up Andy Murray advanced to the third round at 4:00 a.m. local time on Thursday after knocking down Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis in five sets after 5:45 a.m. after he broke his racket in rage. earlier in the game after the Brit returned three of his smashes in the same rally.

Between the eliminations of Casper Rudd and Alexander Zverev, the rout of Taylor Fritz who fell under the arms of a Popyrin worn by all of Melbourne or the feat of Benjamin Bonzi, who managed to overthrow Pablo Carreno Busta despite a completely contrary at the start of the game, Melbourne Park thought it had seen it all this Thursday. He was a long way off before Andy Murray and Thanasi Kokkinakis entered the Rod Laver Arena court at the very end of the program. They came out… 5h45 later. Time for Andy Murray, decidedly eternal despite his hip problems, to write a new chapter in his long and beautiful history by climbing to the 3rd round of the tournament at the expense of the peroxidized Australian while he had given up the first two sets to the doubles partner of Nick Kyrgios. After losing the first two sets 6-4 and 7-6 against the local darling, the Briton was also broken first in the third set. Suffice to say that the five-time finalist (but never winner) of the tournament seemed very badly embarked. Except that with him, and we learned it over time, the word impossible does not exist. Ask the “Kokkiboy” what he thinks about it, he who saw three of his smashes return to the court (and even four, if we add a smash from the baseline) during a point of madness that occurred in the third set and which immediately made the buzz.

Murray, king of endless matches

It also drove the Australian crazy, who broke his racket with rage. From there, everything seemed possible for Murray, who gradually erased his delay (he had nevertheless been led 5-2 in the third set), picked up two sets everywhere in an unimaginable atmosphere and ended up making the dust to his opponent. It was then… 4:00 am Melbourne time and the former world number 1 had just won the 28th match of his career in five sets out of 41 played (13 defeats). The Rod Laver Arena has not finished shuddering. Especially since Murray, capable of bloodshed when he learns that he will not have the right to a break or that the fifth set will be disputed on the spot when it is after three o’clock in the morning, will be back in two days, against Roberto Bautista Agut. Once again, the show should be total.

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