Australian Open: At 4:05 am, gladiator Andy Murray defeats Thanasi Kokkinakis

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After a memorable evening at Margaret Court Arena, Andy Murray has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open. Thanasi Kokkinakis was defeated by Andy by scores of 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, and 7-5 in five hours and forty-five minutes.

At 4:05 am Melbourne time, Andy and Thanasi’s second-longest Australian Open match came to an exciting conclusion. Andy has won two long matches in two nights, giving 110% and refusing to give up, four years after nearly retiring.

In a memorable night, four out of the five sets lasted more than an hour as two rivals gave it their all. The seasoned player outscored the fan favorite by four points, coming back from 5-2 down in the third set to complete one of his greatest comebacks ever.

There were numerous turnarounds, and both players displayed amazing strokes in front of the Margaret Court Arena crowd. Despite blasting 37 aces, Thanasi was unable to make it home. The local star outperformed Andy’s 69-43 ratio by hitting 102 wins and 67 unforced errors while remaining aggressive.

In the shortest, middle, and most advanced rallies, they remained neck and neck, and the next rallies aren’t likely to see a closer contest. Murray won the match with a late break in the waning moments of the deciding set after converting five of his 22 break points and surrendering serve just four times.

At 2-2 in the first set, Kokkinakis took advantage of Murray‘s errant forehand to get a break. After that, the Australian produced three easy holds to end the tenth game at 15 with a score of 6-4 after 52 minutes. Both players had strong serving in the second set, which ended at 4-4.

In the ninth game, Andy botched a simple backhand, losing serve at love and giving Thanasi the lead. In game eleven, the Briton returned and saved three set chances before breaking back in response to the Australian’s errant forehand. After two hours and six minutes, the set entered a tie break, and Kokkinakis served an ace to win it at 6-4 and secure a two sets to love edge.

After almost six hours, Thanasi Kokkinakis was defeated by Andy Murray!

In games two and three of the third set, they traded breaks, and Thanasi won another return game at 3-2 as a result of Andy’s errant forehand. With just one chance left to extend the match, Andy held at love in game eight to cut the deficit.

At 5-3, Kokkinakis faced a break that would cost him dearly as he served for the match. When Murray returned to the game, the set went to a tie break for the second time in a row. At 5-5, the Australian was two points from winning, but it was not to be.

After three hours and twenty-eight minutes, Murray moved ahead 6-5 with a service ace and won a set point owing to Kokkinakis’ awful volley to close the gap. Nine games were played in the fourth set, which lasted 70 minutes.

In the sixth game, Andy made a break and served the set at 5-3. After four hours and 38 minutes, the Briton had two break points but saved them with daring hitting before winning the set with an ace to force a tiebreaker!

They had almost any energy left, yet they still had to play another hour on the court! In the first six games, returners had no chance as they reached 3-3 for more drama. In game seven, Thanasi faced four break points but turned them down to seal the victory and provide a strong hold.

At 5-4 on the return, the Australian was two points from winning, but the Briton held after two for more drama. In game 11, Murray made one final push on the return and capitalized on the fourth break opportunity with a forehand crosscourt winner to go ahead 6-5.

In game 12, Andy served for an amazing victory and smashed a backhand winner down the line for one of his extraordinary career’s most spectacular triumphs.