Andy Murray taken to fifth set by Matteo Berrettini at Australian Open


Andy Murray is taken to FIFTH SET by Matteo Berrettini as resurgent 35-year-old Brit lets two set lead slip against 13th seed at Australian Open

  • Andy Murray started well and raced to a two set lead against Matteo Berrettini 
  • But the Italian then fought back to win the third and began to hit his stride 
  • The 35-year-old Murray was pumped up and rolled back the years with display 
  • Fourth set was a tense affair but the Italian edged it 9-7 in a dramatic tie break

Andy Murray has taken Matteo Berrettini to a fifth set in a tense match at the Australian Open.

The 35-year-old rolled back the years, racing to a two set lead to take command of the match, taking both 6-3. 

With soaring temperatures making for a gruelling battle, Berrettini struck back to win the third and then edged out a tie break 9-7 in the fourth.

Andy Murray looks back to somewhere near his best in beating Matteo Berrettini

The British star rolled back the years to overcome the Australian Open's 13th seed

The British star rolled back the years to overcome the Australian Open’s 13th seed

Berrettini was seen as a possible winner of the tournament but was upset in round one

Berrettini was seen as a possible winner of the tournament but was upset in round one

It had looked as though Murray was on course for victory and came two points away on multiple occasions in the fourth set tie break. 

But it was the Italian who came through in front of an enthralled crowd in Melbourne. 

Murray gave Berrettini little to work with in the fourth and his body language was positive throughout but the younger man showed his class to force a decider.  

There were plenty of fist pumps from Murray and his body language was positive throughout

There were plenty of fist pumps from Murray and his body language was positive throughout

Murray looked in fantastic touch and sent a warning shot to the rest of the field

Murray looked in fantastic touch and sent a warning shot to the rest of the field

Murray came into the match with plenty of confidence despite knowing his path through the tournament would be littered with big names as he is unseeded. 

Berrettini was a tough draw to start with but Murray showed why he has won 49 matches at the Australian Open before in a superb opening couple of sets. 

He was never going to have it all his own way and the 26-year-old from Rome managed to force the deciding fifth.  

Berrettini came up against a difficult opponent desperate to get over the line in Melbourne

Berrettini came up against a difficult opponent desperate to get over the line in Melbourne



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