Andy Murray tops Berrettini in 5-set epic at Australian Open

Jan 16, 2023, 3:43 AM | Updated: Jan 17, 2023, 6:24 am
Novak Djokovic, left, of Serbia is congratulated by Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain following thei...

Novak Djokovic, left, of Serbia is congratulated by Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

              Novak Djokovic, left, of Serbia is congratulated by Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Novak Djokovic of Serbia signs autographs after defeating Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia plays a forehand return to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Supporters of Andy Murray of Britain react his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Ons Jabeur of Tunisia reacts after winning a point against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray, right, of Britain is congratulated by Matteo Berrettini of Italy following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia plays a forehand return to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Supporters of Andy Murray of Britain react his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Ons Jabeur of Tunisia reacts after winning a point against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray, right, of Britain is congratulated by Matteo Berrettini of Italy following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia plays a forehand return to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Supporters of Andy Murray of Britain react his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Ons Jabeur of Tunisia reacts after winning a point against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray, right, of Britain is congratulated by Matteo Berrettini of Italy following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia plays a forehand return to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Supporters of Andy Murray of Britain react his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Ons Jabeur of Tunisia reacts after winning a point against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray, right, of Britain is congratulated by Matteo Berrettini of Italy following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Supporters of Andy Murray of Britain react his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray, right, of Britain is congratulated by Matteo Berrettini of Italy following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Supporters of Andy Murray of Britain react his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray, right, of Britain is congratulated by Matteo Berrettini of Italy following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Supporters of Andy Murray of Britain react his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray, right, of Britain is congratulated by Matteo Berrettini of Italy following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Wang Xiyu of China in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Karolina Pliskova, right, of the Czech Republic is congratulated by Wang Xiyu of China following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Aslan Karatsev of Russia plays a backhand return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Dominic Thiem of Austria plays a backhand return to Andrey Rublev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Andrey Rublev of Russia waves after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Wang Xiyu of China in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Karolina Pliskova, right, of the Czech Republic is congratulated by Wang Xiyu of China following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Aslan Karatsev of Russia plays a backhand return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Dominic Thiem of Austria plays a backhand return to Andrey Rublev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Andrey Rublev of Russia waves after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy prepares to serve to Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Wang Xiyu of China in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Karolina Pliskova, right, of the Czech Republic is congratulated by Wang Xiyu of China following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Aslan Karatsev of Russia plays a backhand return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Dominic Thiem of Austria plays a backhand return to Andrey Rublev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Andrey Rublev of Russia waves after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his first round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Caroline Garcia, left, of France is congratulated by Katherine Sebov of Canada following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Wang Xiyu of China in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Karolina Pliskova, right, of the Czech Republic is congratulated by Wang Xiyu of China following their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Aslan Karatsev of Russia plays a backhand return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a backhand return to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Dominic Thiem of Austria plays a backhand return to Andrey Rublev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Andrey Rublev of Russia waves after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Dominic Thiem of Austria plays a backhand return to Andrey Rublev of Russia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Andrey Rublev of Russia waves after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus plays a backhand return to Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic plays a backhand return to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus plays a backhand return to Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus plays a forehand return to Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Metal hip, bloody knee and all, Andy Murray produced his biggest victory in years.

Murray built a huge lead, let it disappear completely, then needed to save a match point against Matteo Berrettini — who is nearly a full decade younger and ranked more than 50 places higher — before managing to pull out a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (10-6) triumph across more than 4 1/2 epic hours on Tuesday in the Australian Open’s first round.

“The last few years, I’ve certainly questioned myself at times. There’s certainly a lot of people (who) questioned me and my ability, whether I could still perform at the biggest events and the biggest matches,” said the 35-year-old Murray, a former No. 1 now ranked No. 66. “I felt very proud of myself after the match. That’s not something that I generally felt over the years at the end of tennis matches.”

This was the three-time major champion’s first defeat of a top-20 opponent at a Grand Slam tournament since 2017. That was before Murray thought he would need to retire — and even was given a career send-off at Melbourne Park in 2019, when he exited in the first round a year after his first hip operation.

After a second surgery inserted an artificial hip, Murray decided to try to continue playing. This sort of evening was likely what he had in mind when he pressed on — and when he spent three weeks in Boca Raton, Florida, practicing under the tutelage of coach Ivan Lendl during the offseason.

“I’ve put a lot of work into the last few months with my team to give me the opportunity to perform on stadiums like this, in matches like this, against players like Matteo,” Murray told a crowd that roared with approval for him. “And it paid off tonight.”

Oh, yes, what a performance it was, filled with the sort of grit that defined much of Murray’s time on tour, that carried him to championships at the U.S. Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 and to two Olympic singles gold medals.

Murray is also a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, with four losses in the final to Novak Djokovic and one to Roger Federer.

“He’s a great champion. I said it so many times,” said Berrettini, an Italian who is one of the players chronicled in the new “Break Point” Netflix docuseries. “Personally, was great to play with that atmosphere against him. Just a great match. Unfortunately it didn’t go my way.”

The night session matches that followed in Rod Laver Arena couldn’t possibly equal the intensity and drama. First came a 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1 win for the No. 2-seeded woman, Ons Jabeur, over Tamara Zidansek, followed by nine-time champion Djokovic’s 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 defeat of Roberto Carballes Baena in his return to the Australian Open after being deported from the country a year ago for not being vaccinated against COVID-19. In a match that ended after 1 a.m., the second-seeded man, two-time major finalist Casper Ruud, got past Tomas Machac 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-3.

Djokovic received a loud and warm reception when he entered the court from fans who chanted his nickname and waved dozens of Serbian flags.

There were moments Tuesday when Murray played as he did a long time ago, diving to hit a volley before slamming to the blue court — scraping his right leg — or sprinting to somehow reach seemingly unreachable shots, then looking up into the stands at Lendl and shaking a fist while yelling, “Let’s go! Come on now!”

Murray raced through the first two sets in less than 1 1/2 hours before the big-hitting, big-serving Berrettini turned things around and took the match to a fifth, even coming within one point of victory at 5-4 in that set but faltering and flubbing an easy backhand.

By beating the 13th-seeded Berrettini, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2021, Murray became only the fifth man in the Open era with 50 match wins at the Australian Open, joining Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stefan Edberg.

They played under a closed roof at Laver because of temperatures that soared up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) and caused suspensions of play that lasted hours in matches on smaller courts that can’t be covered. Later, a rainstorm came, creating another pause in the action, and several matches were halted in progress, with plans to resume on Wednesday.

This was the most-anticipated match of the afternoon session and lasted so long it finished after 7 p.m. local time, most definitely living up to the hype.

“Some of the tennis at the end was really good,” Murray said. “It felt like that playing; I don’t know what it looked like.”

Looked terrific, Andy.

Murray and Berrettini concluded with the first-to-10-points, win-by-2 tiebreaker formula that all Grand Slam events adopted for the fifth sets of men’s matches and third sets of women’s. Murray said it was his first experience with that relatively new format.

Make no mistake: He was far better in that decisive section of the match, jumping out to leads of 5-0 and 8-3. It ended in a bit of anticlimactic fashion: Murray’s service return clipped the net cord and trickled over for a winner.

“Just a bit lucky at the end,” said Murray, who next will meet Thanasi Kokkinakis or Fabio Fognini. Their match was suspended for the night with Kokkinakis five points from winning.

Murray has wondered aloud whether all of the work he put in to get back to a level of play that satisfied him was worth it.

“I need to give myself some credit, because the last few years have been tough,” Murray said. “I’ve lost a few of those matches, those type of matches, in the Slams the last couple years.”

He arrived in Australia having lost in the first or second round in seven of his nine most recent Grand Slam appearances. The other two ended in the third round.

For now, this one continues.

“It’s impressive what he could do after so many surgeries, after all the kilometers that he ran in his career. It’s impressive,” Berrettini said. “It just shows how much he loves the game, how much he loves these kind of matches.”

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Associated Press freelancer Simon Cambers contributed to this report.

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