Australian Open lookahead: Murray tries to add another win

January 20, 2023 GMT
Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY

Andy Murray will try to overcome whatever lingering exhaustion he might have after two five-set matches and more than 10 hours of action at the Australian Open when he plays Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the fourth round. Murray played the longest match of his career to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis across 5 hours, 45 minutes in the second round. That came after a match that lasted nearly 5 hours in the first round. Murray is a three-time Grand Slam champion and a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park. He is bidding to reach the last 16 of a Grand Slam event for the first time since Wimbledon in 2017. The 35-year-old Murray had a metal hip inserted in 2019. Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will test out his sore hamstring when he plays 27th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov. Djokovic is 9-1 for his career against Dimitrov. Djokovic would equal Rafael Nadal’s men’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles if he wins the Australian Open. No. 4 Caroline Garcia and No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka are among the women in third-round action as Week 1 comes to a close.

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SATURDAY’S FORECAST

Mostly sunny. High of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius).

FRIDAY’S KEY RESULTS

Women’s Third Round: No. 1 Iga Swiatek beat Cristina Bucsa 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Jessica Pegula beat Marta Kostyuk 6-0, 6-2; Zhu Lin beat No. 6 Maria Sakkari 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-4; No. 7 Coco Gauff beat Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-2; No. 24 Victoria Azarenka beat No. 10 Madison Keys 1-6, 6-2, 6-1; No. 20 Barbora Krejcikova beat Anhelina Kalinina 6-2, 6-3; No. 22 Elena Rybakina beat No. 13 Danielle Collins 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

Men’s Third Round: No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-3; No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; Sebastian Korda beat No. 7 Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (4); No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz beat No. 20 Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (3), 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3; No. 15 Jannik Sinner beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0; No. 18 Karen Khachanov beat No. 16 Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9).

STAT OF THE DAY

Zero — Number of times in his career Jannik Sinner had come back to win after dropping the first two sets of a match until doing so on Friday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I was thinking to myself, ‘What is he doing here?’ He should be in bed.” — Stefanos Tsitsipas on seeing Andy Murray at Melbourne Park hours after finishing a match at 4:05 a.m.

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