At the Australian Open, Roberto Bautista Agut and Andy Murray reconnected. The 2019 tournament will likely be the last time the British player plays in Melbourne, he revealed to the globe four years prior. They have since reconnected with each other four more times, so it was far from a final farewell.
The final one took place on the same Saturday in the third round of the Australian Open, where Bautista prevailed after three hours and 29 minutes by scores of 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-3, and 6-4. The Spaniard recorded all of his matches against Murray as losses in January 2019. (0-3).
Bautista has won his last four matches to lead the ATP Head2Head 4-3 since that contest that had the feel of a farewell but wasn’t. The Castellón man has made it to the second week at Melbourne Park five times in his career.
After playing ten sets up until the third round, Murray entered the competition with 10 hours and 34 minutes remaining. For his side, Bautista had taken almost six hours less to complete the same distance. And that was something that became clear as soon as the crash occurred.
The Spaniard was psychologically and physically more alert, and he made no concessions to his opponent. He won 14 of the first 16 points up for grabs. And he won the first set 6-1 in just 29 minutes. In the second round, Bautista’s dominance persisted, as he quickly established a break advantage (3-1).
Murray teamed up with the spectators at the Margaret Court Arena when he was at his weakest to find the power he seemed to be lacking. He managed to save two set points in the tie-break to not only restore the lost lead (4-4) but also tie the match.
Andy Murray played for slightly over 14 hours.
Over the past few years, Andy Murray has had to make a lot of compromises, including exerting more effort during his workouts. “Obviously, I believe, it is impossible to predict when something will end.
I want to finish my tennis career playing like this, competing in the biggest tournaments against the top players in the world, and being true to myself “said Andy Murray. “There may have been occasions in the past year or so when I didn’t really feel like I was playing well or that I was enjoying my game.
Yes, those efforts and sacrifices allowed me to complete those matches and play at a high level that I believe was entertaining for the audience “says he. “There is no doubt that I can advance further than the third round of a Slam.
Of course, chances to win can arise. I must also assist myself in that. I doubt I would be in the top 50 or 60 players in the world now if I were competing at this level last year. I must make an effort to fix it “Finally, he said.