Andy Murray Denied Toilet Break During Five-Set Marathon

Andy Murray is out of the Australian Open after a battling four-set defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut. Murray was playing less than two days after the longest match of his career, which saw the 35-year-old complete an astonishing comeback at 4am to defeat Thanasi Kokkinakis from two sets down and in five hours and 45 minutes, but the former world No 1 could not produce another escape act.

Murray looked tired and weary as Bautista Agut raced to the opening set in 29 minutes, but hit back to win a stunning 87-minute second set, while saving two set points in the tiebreak. Bautista Agut steadied to seal a 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4 in over three hours, in what was an admirable fight from the 35-year-old.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic continued to defy a hamstring injury as a straight-sets victory over Grigor Dimitrov sent him into the fourth round. The title favourite took another timeout after falling to the floor at the side of the court at the end of the first set but, despite continuing to limp and looking uncomfortable at times, clinched a 7-6 (7) 6-3 6-4 victory.

Earlier, Dan Evans was overpowered by fifth seed Andrey Rublev in a straight-sets defeat. The Russian crunched 60 winners compared with only 22 unforced errors in a quality display to win 6-4 6-2 6-3 and leave Murray as the only British singles player remaining ahead of his meeting with Bautista Agut. Follow live updates and the latest scores from the Australian Open in our live blog below

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Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Andy Murray in four sets!

Andy Murray threatened another miracle on Margaret Court Arena but fell to a four-set defeat against Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round of the Australian Open.

The Scot was back at the scene of his late-night heroics against Thanasi Kokkinakis, having done his best to recover from the five-hour, 45-minute epic in which he came back from two sets down to claim victory at 4.05am.

Coupled with a near five-hour first-round win against Matteo Berrettini, Murray had spent 10 hours and 34 minutes on court just making it through to the last 32.

To begin with it appeared he would offer little resistance but he willed himself into the match and improbably took the second set before Spaniard Bautista Agut claimed a 6-1 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-4 victory after three hours and 29 minutes.

Coupled with a loss for Dan Evans to Andrey Rublev earlier, that is now the end of the British challenge in singles for another year at Melbourne Park.

This was the first time at a grand slam since the French Open in 2017, when Murray’s hip problems began, that he has been the last British singles player standing.

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Jamie Braidwood21 January 2023 12:09

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Novak Djokovic plays through the pain to beat Grigor Dimitrov at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic continued to defy a hamstring injury as a straight-sets victory over Grigor Dimitrov sent him into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The title favourite admitted after needing a medical timeout and dropping a set to French qualifier Enzo Couacaud that he was concerned, and a clash with 27th seed Dimitrov was a much better test of his physical condition.

He took another timeout after falling to the floor at the side of the court at the end of the first set but, despite continuing to limp and looking uncomfortable at times, clinched a 7-6 (7) 6-3 6-4 victory.

Jamie Braidwood21 January 2023 11:53

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Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Andy Murray in four sets!

Contrasting emotions on the Margaret Court Arena.

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Michael Jones21 January 2023 11:50

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Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Andy Murray in four sets!

It just wasn’t to be for Andy Murray. Robert Bautista Agut played a fantastic match and earned the right to win today. He was brilliant.

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Michael Jones21 January 2023 11:46

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Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 1-6 7-6 3-6 4-6 Roberto Bautista Agut* – Bautista Agut wins the match!

Game, set and match Roberto Bautista Agut!

The 34-year-old Spaniard has done it again. He’s beaten Andy Murray across four sets and moves into the fourth round. Murray was on the defensive for most of the match but put in another resilient performance.

However, this time, his opponent was just too good.

Michael Jones21 January 2023 11:44

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Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 1-6 7-6 3-6 4-5 Roberto Bautista Agut*

Too good from Bautista Agut! His wide serve is quick but Murray gets there. His return is a loopy one then the Spaniard works to the other side of court.

Murray defends again but Bautista Agut wins with an overhead smash. 30-30.

Bautista Agut takes the next point too and now leads 40-30 to set up match point.

Michael Jones21 January 2023 11:42

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Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 1-6 7-6 3-6 4-5 Roberto Bautista Agut*

Bautista Agut goes long from a backhand! Murray leads 0-30. He needs to complete this break of serve.

Bautista Agut takes a moment before getting the game going again. He sends a powerful serve down the T line but Murray defends. As the rally progresses Murray steps onto the front foot but hooks a forehand into the net!

Michael Jones21 January 2023 11:40

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Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 1-6 7-6 3-6 4-5 Roberto Bautista Agut*

There’s a massive roar and cheer from the crowd encouraging Andy Murray to fight back. He returns Bautista Agut’s first serve and settles into a nice rally.

Murray then opens up for a forehand finisher and smokes it past the Spaniard. 0-15.

Michael Jones21 January 2023 11:38

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Australian Open 2023: *Andy Murray 1-6 7-6 3-6 4-5 Roberto Bautista Agut – Bautista Agut breaks!

Oh no! That’s a nightmare for Andy Murray who lets the game slip by and allows Bautista Agut to break. Murray lost all four points from his serve and now the Spaniard is serving to win the match.

Michael Jones21 January 2023 11:37

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Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 1-6 7-6 3-6 4-4 Roberto Bautista Agut*

This is a better fight from Andy Murray. He wins a couple of points against the serve to lead 15-30 but Bautista Agut digs into his one reserves and rattles off three points in a row to take the game.

Michael Jones21 January 2023 11:33



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