The Australian Open witnessed a spectacular conclusion to its fourth day, as Andy Murray and Thanasi Kokkinakis engaged in a thrilling match that lasted for six hours and ended in the early hours of the morning. The Scottish player emerged victorious with a score of 3-2, despite facing a home crowd supporting his opponent.
The match, which came to a close at the break of dawn at six o'clock local time, saw Murray prove himself to be a true iron man, despite his metal hips. He not only played another grueling five-set match, but he also overcame an inspired opponent who had the support of the home crowd, coming back from a 0-2 deficit to ultimately win.
The final score was 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5 in Murray's favor.
The Scot's Resilience
Murray held his own in the first two sets, but Kokkinakis was simply outstanding. He played aggressively and hit with precision, leaving Murray with no chance to counter.
However, when the Australian led 2-0 in the third set, it seemed to many that the match was over and that Murray couldn't possibly endure another marathon match. But the Scottish player proved his resilience, refusing to give up.
Murray managed to break serve in the fourth game of the third set and bring the score to 2-2. However, Kokkinakis felt the pressure to end the match and broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. He then successfully defended serve to take a 5-2 lead.
Murray safely held serve to bring the score to 5-3, but Kokkinakis had a chance to end the match with his own serve. However, Murray broke serve and tied the score at 5-5. He survived once again. He managed to bring the match to a tiebreak, which he won 7-5 after a fierce battle.
Kokkinakis did not lose heart even then. But his enthusiasm from the first three sets had already dissipated. Murray won the fourth set with one break 6-3 and won the decisive fifth set. The most dramatic moment was the seventh game.
Murray had three break points, and then one more. Kokkinakis saved them all and tied the score at 4-4. At 5-5, Murray had break points again. This time two and both were saved by Kokkinakis. But in the end, he was unable to win the game and Murray used his fourth break point of the game to finally break serve and earn a chance to serve for the match, nearly two and a half hours after his opponent served to advance to the third round.
Murray's next opponent will be Roberto Bautista Agut, who also won his match despite losing the first two sets.