Australian Open: Marathon runner Murray produces record fightback – The numbers behind Brit’s epic win
After being down two sets, Murray tapped into the fighting spirit he’s produced so many times over the years to go an incredible 4-6 6-7(4-7) 7-6(7- 5) 6-3 7- 5 wins over Margaret Court Arena.
The fighting Briton came off the ropes to become the first player in Open-era history to win 10 Grand Slam matches in straight sets.
With the clock passing 4 a.m. local time, the 35-year-old finally triumphed in what was the second-longest match (five hours and 45 minutes) in Australian Open history, only beaten by the 2012 final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael. Nadal (five hours and 53 minutes).
Australian Open: Murray scores epic win over Kokkinakis in longest match of career
Here, Stats Perform takes a closer look at some of the numbers from Murray’s incredible victory.
Murray’s Grand Slam unbeaten streak against Aussie players continues
Murray’s success over Kokkinakis ensured his unbeaten record against Australian opponents at major tournaments remained intact, making it 12 out of 12.
The former world number one has lost all five Australian Open finals but is now in the third round of the tournament for the first time since 2017.
His victory over Kokkinakis made him the fifth Open-era male player to win more than 50 main draw matches at the Australian Open, joining the illustrious company of Roger Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Stefan Edberg.
Murray’s greatest experience is seen against a big-serve opponent
Kokkinakis took control of the match winning the opening two sets, but as Murray dragged the contest into the later stages, the Briton’s experience in big games showed.
The 37 aces fired by Kokkinakis was his career-high total in an ATP-level main draw match and 27 more than Murray served. Kokkinakis racked up an astonishing 102 winners to Murray’s impressive 69.
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, became just the seventh male player to appear in 250 Grand Slam main draw matches, roaring to overtake Todd Martin and Federer for the most important wins in straight sets. It was his first such triumph at the Australian Open.
Murray has now won both meetings with Kokkinakis, having also beaten him in the 2015 Davis Cup, and is setting up a third-round clash with Roberto Bautista Agut, with whom he holds a 3-3 head-to-head record.
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