Last Updated: January 17, 2023, 16:17 IST
Andy Murray mentioned he had silenced the doubters after defeating Italian 13th seed Matteo Berrettini in 5 gruelling units to ebook a spot in the Australian Open second spherical on Tuesday.
The three-time Grand Slam champion has battled main hip and stomach accidents for half a decade however declared himself freed from ache and fired up earlier than the match.
His famend grit was on full show in saving match level to topple the Italian 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (10/6) in 4hrs 49minutes beneath a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena because of excessive warmth.
It was an enormous win for the 35-year-old Briton, now ranked 66, to knock out final 12 months’s semi-finalist.
“I believe the previous few years I’ve definitely questioned myself at occasions,” said Murray, a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park and former world number one.
“There’s definitely lots of people questioned me and my means, whether or not I might nonetheless carry out on the largest occasions and the most important matches.
“I felt very proud of myself after the match. That’s not something that I generally felt over the years at the end of tennis matches.
“I think I’m proud of the work that I put in the last few months,” added Murray, who faces Thanasi Kokkinakis or Fabio Fognini subsequent.
“I educated actually, actually laborious over in Florida on the brink of play right here. I’m actually happy with how I fought by means of that match on the finish, when it might have gotten away from me.”
It was Murray’s first victory over a top-20 player at a Grand Slam since defeating ninth-ranked Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals of the 2017 French Open.
Victory also brought up his 50th Australian Open win, becoming only the fifth man in the Open era to achieve the feat alongside Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stefan Edberg.
Berrettini called Murray — who plays with a metal hip following career-saving surgery in 2019 — a “great champion”.
“It’s spectacular what he might do after so many surgical procedures, after all of the kilometres that he ran in his profession,” the 26-year-old said.
“It just shows how much he loves the game, how much he loves these kinds of matches. He’s a great champion. I said it so many times.”
– Hard work –
Coached by Ivan Lendl, who received the Melbourne Park title in 1989 and 1990, Murray broke as soon as in the primary set and twice in the second because the Italian struggled on his second serve whereas making a slew of unforced errors.
But Berrettini rallied in the third set with a break to maneuver 3-2 clear and helped by six aces took it to a fourth set.
Nothing separated them and it went to a seesawing tiebreak that the Italian received on his third set level when Murray despatched a forehand lengthy.
Berrettini earned a match level 5-4 in the fifth set, however netted a straightforward half-volley to waste the chance and it once more went to a tiebreak.
An early break for Murray gave him the sting and he clung on.
Murray mentioned having Lendl on his staff made an enormous distinction.
“He’s definitely not going to let me get away with, nicely, not working laborious,” he said.
“He’s always going to push me as hard as he can to try and get the best out of me.”
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