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Marathon man Andy Murray runs out of steam in third round of Australian Open

Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he performs in opposition to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut throughout their males’s singles match on day six of the Australian Open tennis event in Melbourne on January 21, 2023. (Picture by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Andy Murray’s 4:05 am end finally caught up with him on the Australian Open because the Briton bowed out in sometimes defiant fashion to Roberto Bautista Agut in round three on Saturday.

The 35-year-old Murray was clearly feeling the results of his epic five-setter in round two, which began on Thursday however ended in the early hours of Friday.

The Twenty fourth-seeded Spaniard Bautista received 6-1, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-4 and faces unseeded Tommy Paul of the US in the final 16.

Former world primary Murray, who has a metallic hip following career-saving surgical procedure 4 years in the past, was 3-0 down in a flash in the primary set.

However the three-time Grand Slam champion had Margaret Courtroom Enviornment firmly in his nook and an enormous cheer went up when he lastly acquired on the board, holding serve for 3-1.

It was to be solely a short lived reprieve because the Spaniard raced away with the primary set in a lopsided 29 minutes.

Murray held serve to start out the second set however he appeared sluggish, having been pressured to 5 units in each his earlier matches.

The epic five-setter in round two in opposition to Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis lasted a grueling 5 hours and 45 minutes — the longest match of Murray’s storied profession.

He dedicated a double fault to go 2-1 behind in the second set to Bautista, Murray letting out a howl of frustration.

5-time Australian Open runner-up Murray has made a profession of dramatic comebacks and he threatened one once more as he broke again for 4-4, to the delight of the gang.

Murray doesn’t know when to stop.

His opponent then had two set factors in the second-set tiebreak, just for Murray to roar again to win 9-7 and declare the set.

Bautista acquired the break to say the third set, however Murray wouldn’t go away in the fourth, even because the match stretched previous three hours on courtroom.

Then got here the killer blow because the 34-year-old Bautista broke Murray for a 5-4 lead, then sealed the deal on his first match level when the Briton fired a return into the online.


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