world no. 14 Matteo Berrettini acknowledged that losing to Andy Murray in such a style was upsetting, but he also expressed his admiration for the British player’s motivational journey. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner, defeated Berrettini 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-7 (7) 7-6 to secure his first significant Grand Slam victory since 2017. (6).
Murray was on the ropes and Berrettini had a match point in the fifth set when the latter blasted a simple backhand shot into the net.
“I was in the lead.
Just talking about the game right now is extremely difficult. With a different ball, things may have been…different. I prevailed 7-6 in the fifth last year. In this year’s fifth, I was defeated 7-6. There’s only tennis, “According to Luca Fiorino, after the defeat, Berrettini commented.
Murray, who suffered a serious hip injury in 2017, underwent two major hip surgeries but refused to give up tennis.
“It’s amazing what he was able to accomplish after so many operations and all the miles he had run previously. It’s amazing. It simply demonstrates how much he enjoys the game and these types of matches “said Berrettini.
Murray defeated Berrettini in a thrilling match.
After breaking Berrettini in the second game of the match, Murray held his serve for the remainder of the set to win the first one.
In the first and ninth games of the second set, Murray broke Berrettini to take a two-set lead. After fending off two break attempts in the third set’s fourth game, Berrettini broke the tie in the fifth game and held on to his serve for the remainder of the set to force a fourth.
As there were no breaks in the fourth set, it was decided by a tie-break, where Berrettini converted his third set point to force a final set. Berrettini lost the fifth set tie-break with a 5-0 disadvantage after failing to convert a match point on Murray‘s serve in the 10th game of the set.
In the Australian Open fifth-set tie-break, the first player reach 10 points wins. Berrettini was able to close the gap to 8-6, but Murray won the next two points to secure the decisive five-set victory.