Australian Open: Andy Murray holds off Matteo Berrettini to win five-set epic in Melbourne

Andy Murray overcame one of the most intense matches of his career to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time since 2016. The 31-year old Briton came through a five-set epic against Italian Matteo Berrettini to triumph in four hours and three minutes on centre court at Melbourne Park. He had not played a five set match since last year’s Wimbledon semi-final but showed tremendous resilience and composure under pressure as he outlasted his younger opponent 7-5 6-3 6-7 (5) 12-10 in front of a packed crowd.

Andy Murray battled to a 5-7 7-5 6-3 6-7 (5) 12-10 win over Matteo Berrettini in his Australian Open third round clash.

Andy Murray battled to a 5-7 7-5 6-3 6-7 (5) 12-10 win over Matteo Berrettini in his Australian Open third round clash.

The British number one was pushed all the way by the Italian and played for almost four hours before sealing victory, beating his opponent 7-6 (6) 6-3 4-6 6-7 (4) 12-10. It was their first meeting on tour and they will meet again at Queen’s Club next month.

The British No 1 won the first set 7-5 before the Italian levelled it up with a quick 6-3 win in the second.

Murray won the first set 7-5 before the Italian levelled it up with a quick 6-3 win in the second. The third went to a tiebreak, which Murray won 7/4, but Berrettini hit back by winning 7/6 in the fourth.

The fifth set was also decided by another tiebreak and this time it was Berrettini who came out on top 7/4 to cause an upset that saw him become only the third man from his country to reach an Australian Open semi-final after Adriano Panatta (1981) and Fabio Fognini (2016).

The match went to a tiebreak in the third and fourth sets, with Berrettini taking each to force a decider.

Murray won the third set tiebreak 6-3 and then saved two match points in the fourth to force a decider.

Berrettini had taken control of that set at 5-2, but Murray fought back to win it 7-6 (5) in a tense final game that saw both players hit errors as they struggled to hold serve.

In the fifth set, Berrettini broke early but Murray levelled at 2-2 with a crosscourt forehand winner before going on to clinch victory by winning five straight points from 3-3 onwards after saving another break point against him at 4-4.

But world No 2 Murray eventually prevailed in four hours and three minutes for his first victory at Melbourne Park since winning here as an unseeded wild card in 2009.

Murray squeezed out a 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5) 5-7 6-4 26-24 victory over Berrettini, who played like a man possessed at times but was unable to pull off the shock win.

The world No 2 was broken early in the decider and again immediately after getting back on serve at 3-3 but held firm to clinch his first victory at Melbourne Park since winning here as an unseeded wild card in 2009.

Murray will now meet either Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals on Friday night – depending on how their match goes later today – and he admitted it had been tough going against Berrettini throughout their five hour battle.”It was very tough physically for both of us,” Murray said.”I think we both struggled with conditions today which made it difficult for both players.”

The 31-year old is into the quarterfinals of Australian Open for the first time since 2016

Murray is into the quarterfinals of Australian Open for the first time since 2016. He’s the only top 10 seed left in the draw, after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal crashed out earlier.

Murray has won three of his last four matches at Melbourne Park, including a five-set epic against Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday night (AEDT). The 31-year old Scot has also won four Grand Slam titles as well as an Olympic gold medal during his career.

Conclusion

It was a great match and I’m really happy to get through. I thought Matteo played really well today, it was tough conditions out there in the heat but he made it very tough for me on his serve at times. He played well from the back of the court as well so congratulations to him for making it this far at such a young age.

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