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Murray battles past Kokkinakis in five-set marathon with 4.05am Melbourne finish


Andy Murray battled back from two sets down to defeat home hope Thanasi Kokkinakis in a five-set epic that finished at 4.05am local time at the Australian Open.

Australian Kokkinakis served for victory at 5-3 in the third set of their second-round encounter on a rowdy, partisan Margaret Court Arena only for Murray to show once again that his greatest asset is a stubborn refusal to
lose.

The 35-year-old, who had battled for nearly five hours to upset Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday in his best result since 2017, forced a deciding set and finally prevailed 4-6 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 7-5 in a match that will live long in the memory.

At five hours and 45 minutes, it was the longest match of Murray's whole career and the third-latest finish to a tennis match ever

Asked how he had managed to come through the longest match of his career, Murray said: "I don't know.

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