Novak Djokovic reacts after Andy Murray wins 2nd longest match at Australian Open in 5 hours and 45 minutes
Murray made a remarkable comeback to tie the match after falling behind by two sets. He then won one set after another to beat the Australian. Novak Djokovic, a buddy and nine-time Australian Open champion, praised and complimented his tenacious play.
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray’s friend and a nine-time Australian Open champion, praised and applauded the Scot’s tenacious play. (Reuters)
Andy Murray of the United Kingdom defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia by scores of 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, and 7-5 on Thursday at the Australian Open after a lengthy 5 hours and 45 minutes of play. It was recorded as the second-longest match in tournament history as Murray advanced quickly to the third round. Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, will now square off against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on Saturday.
Murray made a remarkable comeback to tie the match after falling behind by two sets. He then won one set after another to beat the Australian. Novak Djokovic, a buddy and nine-time Australian Open champion, praised and complimented his tenacious play. Djokovic of Serbia tweeted on Instagram stories “Outstanding battling attitude of a great victor! incredibly motivating Well done, buddy “.
Murray was extremely critical of the schedule of the match, which was delayed until 4:05 am local time, despite his victory. He was also upset that despite using all of his time allotted for bathroom breaks, he was still denied access to them.
Although Murray won, he was highly critical of the timing of the match which got extended till 4:05 am local time. Moreover, he was angry for not being allowed to take a toilet break after exhausting all his allocations for the same.
“I abide with the laws. The fact that the competition keeps us here until 3 or 4 in the morning and forbids us from using the restroom is so rude “Murray raised a grievance with the referee.
“It’s a joke, that much is clear. You’re also aware of it. We are not allowed to use the restroom because it is insulting to you, the ball kids, the players, and everyone else. Ridiculous, “Added he.
In the meantime, Djokovic defeated Enzo Couacaud by a score of 6-1 6-7(5-7) 6-2 6-0 to advance to the third round of the competition and pursue his goal of winning the championship for the tenth time in his career. The fourth seed struggled with hamstring issues but nevertheless put on an outstanding display. He is just one grand slam trophy away from matching Rafael Nadal’s record for most trophies won by a male tennis player with his 21 victories.