Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has knocked seeded Matteo Berrettini out of the Australian Open after the final set went to a tie-break.
The first round upset in Melbourne saw Murray roll back the years with a 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-7 (7-9) 6-6 (*10-6) victory over Berrettini.
Bidding to beat a top-20 player at a grand slam for the first time since his hip problems began in 2017, Murray won the opening two sets before Berrettini fought back to level by winning a dramatic fourth-set tie-break.
The Scot was able to secure victory, one of his biggest in recent years, after four hours and 49 minutes of play.
Speaking on Eurosport after the match, Murray said that he will be feeling the effects of the 10-point tiebreaker this evening and tomorrow, but was “unbelievably happy and proud” of himself.
“I’ve put a lot of work into the last three months with my team, to give me the opportunity to perform in stadiums like this and matches like this and it paid off tonight,” he said.
“That’s the first time I’ve ever played one of those 10-point tie-breakers and it’s a bit different. He came back really strong and I was a bit lucky at the end with the net-cord.
“He was serving unbelievably and he’s a brilliant competitor as well, he always fights right to the end. I did well to get through.”
The win for Murray comes after 2019, when he was given a career send-off at Melbourne Park, and exited in the first round, a year after his first hip operation.
After a second operation, when he received a metal hip, Murray made the decision to continue playing.
In 2016, he ranked No 1 in the world. Now, at 35 years old, Murray is ranked No 66.
Elsewhere, in another victory for Great Britain, Dan Evans completed a four-set victory over Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis, after play had been suspended because of extreme heat.
The British No 2 had taken nearly three hours to open up a two-sets-to-one lead before play was halted.
He stepped up in the fourth with a break in the seventh game and served out a 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory.