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Australian Open 2023: just nine minutes away, the Andy Murray

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Andy Murray got rid of Thanasi Kokkinakis this Thursday after a sensational match which was played in five sets (4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5) and 5h45 of game, nine minutes short of the record for the longest game in tournament history. The Scot advances to the third round.

Huge, spectacular, incredible, historic… Use whatever adjective you want to describe this Australian Open second round match between Andy Murray and Thanasi Kokkinakis. The two players may have already offered us this Thursday, January 19 the match of the year. The Scotsman and the Australian battled for nearly 5:45 on the Melbourne side to snatch the last ticket for the third round of the Australian Grand Slam.

The two athletes fought a fierce battle, which ended in the middle of the Australian night. We thought at one point that these two were going to have an all-nighter so neither of them wanted to let go. Real competitors.

Enough with the jokes. Playing so late was not to the taste of Andy Murray who did not fail to share his disagreement with the chair umpire: “You know what, I respect the rules. It’s so disrespectful that the tournament play at 3, 4 in the morning and we’re not even allowed to pee. It’s a joke and you know it. It’s disrespectful and ridiculous”. By then it was already 3 a.m. local time.

It was the experienced Andy Murray who emerged victorious from this epic showdown, which will go down in the history of the Australian Open. The 36-year-old Scotsman used all his experience and determination to get rid of a Thanasi Kokkinakis who was not unworthy at home. Far from there.

The match between the two players, which lasted 5:45, was close to the record for the longest meeting in the history of the tournament (5:54). This is to say the fight between the two men.

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