Monday, January 30, 2023

Murray tops Berrettini in 5 sets at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) — Despite a metal hip replacement and knee problems, Andy Murray pulled off his biggest win in years on Tuesday.

Murray held a strong lead, let it completely disappear and saved a match point against Matteo Berretini – who is nearly a decade younger and 50 places above him in the ATP rankings – before going 6–3. , 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (10-6) in an epic five-setter that lasted four and a half hours in the first round of the Australian Open.

“In recent years I have questioned myself. A lot of people have questioned my ability, can I continue to perform at big events and big games,” said Murray, the 35-year-old former world No. 1 who Now ranked 66th in the rankings. “I feel very proud of myself after the game. It’s not something I normally feel at the end of tennis matches.”

It was the first time the Briton had defeated a top-20 opponent in a Grand Slam tournament since 2017. before he thought he should retire, and ended his career at Melbourne Park in 2019 when he fell in the first round, a year after his first hip operation.

After a second operation in which a hip replacement was implanted, Murray decided to try to continue playing. Nights like these were on his mind as he spent three weeks in Boca Raton, Florida, training under Ivan Lendl during the preseason.

By ousting 13th seed and finalist Berrettini at Wimbledon in 2021, Murray became the fifth man in the Open Era to tie Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stefan Edberg with 50 Australian Open wins.

The match was played with the Rod Laver Arena roof closed due to tournament rules against heat. Murray wrapped up the first two sets in less than an hour and a half, before Berrettini overturned the match to force a fifth set.

With the thermometer above 100 °F (38 °C), racing on the short track was suspended for several hours. Later, a storm again halted the Games.

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