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Day two: Murray wins five-set epic to make it three Brits in singles second round
Great Britain will have three players in the second round of the men’s singles after Andy Murray and Dan Evans both came through tough opening round clashes on day two in Melbourne.
Murray stole the headlines on Tuesday, coming through a five-set epic against 13th seed and 2022 semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(6) in four hours and 54 minutes.
The victory marked Murray’s 50th singles win at the Australian Open and his first top 20 scalp at a Grand Slam since 2017.
In a match of wild momentum swings, Berrettini looked to have sealed the comeback victory with match point in the decider, but a crucial error from the Italian gifted Murray a lifeline.
On they went to a deciding match tie-break, where Murray pushed himself to another gear for one final time in the match. Having raced to a 5-0 lead, he held off Berrettini’s resurgance and sealed the match with a stroke of luck off the net cord.
In the second round, he will face the winner of Fabio Fognini vs Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Evans came through a difficult battle of his own against Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis, clinching a well-earned 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.
Up next for the 32-year-old will be the experienced Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy.
Playing in the blazing Melbourne sun, Evans rescued a break deficit in the opening set to come back and take the lead, before the world No.91 found a way to level the scores at one set each.
The match was interrupted with the heat reaching above 38 degrees, but once they returned to court, it was all one way traffic for Evans, who only needed one break in both the third and fourth sets, before sealing the win on the third time of asking.
Day one saw straight sets wins for both British No.1s as Emma Raducanu set up a clash with USA’s Coco Gauff and Cam Norrie made the second round at the Australian Open for only the second time in his career.
Jack Draper went toe-to-toe with world No.2 Rafael Nadal on the Rod Laver Arena, but lost out in four sets, while Britain’s Harriet Dart and Kyle Edmund were defeated by seeds.
Raducanu – who was returning from an injury that forced her to retire in Auckland two weeks ago – eased to victory in her opener against Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch 6-3, 6-2.
A nervy start from both players saw five breaks of serve to start the match, but once Raducanu found her rhythm, it was game over for the German. Having seen out the first set, Raducanu settled on serve – making 28% more first serves – and instead piled the pressure on her opponent to break twice and seal the match.
The win sets up an exciting match up against another of the games rising stars and seventh seed, Coco Gauff. The two have never played before, but Gauff comes in having won her first title of the season in Auckland.
Norrie came through with comfortable win over Luca van Assche 7-6(3), 6-0, 6-3 to set up a second round match against either Thiago Monteiro and Constant Lestienne.
The young Frenchman forced the issue in the first set, refusing to let Norrie take an early lead and breaking the Brit twice as he tried to serve it out. Into the tie-break and Assche seemed to be on the ascent with an early 2-0 lead, but Norrie found another gear to take seven of the next eight points.
This took the sting out off the Frenchman’s game as Norrie took complete control of the match, dropping just 12 points in the second set and breaking early in the third to book a place in the second round.
Draper put up a strong fight against 22-time Grand Slam champion and reigning title holder, Rafael Nadal, but eventually lost out 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in three hours and 43 minutes.
Both players tussled for control in the match, as Draper’s free-firing groundstrokes blasted the Brit to two early breaks at the start of the second as he borught the match back on level terms.
On they fought into the third, but Nadal’s experience proved pivotal as he clinched the all-important break in the final game of the set as the young Brit’s backhand sailed wide.
Draper found himself a break to the good in the fourth, but as he continued to battle against cramps, the almost impossible challenge became all the more difficult and Nadal was able to see out a hard-fought opening round win.
Dart missed out on a place in the second round having lost out to 32nd seed Jil Teichmann 7-5, 6-1.
The British No.2 had held a break lead in the first set and had opportunities to extend her lead to 5-2, but once the Swiss star held off three break points, momentum swung in her favour. From 5-5, Teichmann won eight of the next nine games to claim victory in an hour and 46 minutes.
2018 semi-finalist Edmund bowed out to world No.16 Jannik Sinner in a tough first round match-up, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.
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