Andy Murray played the longest match of his career in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open. The 35-year-old Aussie defeated home hope Thanasi Kokkinakis in a high-octane five-setter which was played at the Margaret Court Arena between January 19-20. The match stretched to five hours and 45 minutes, with the local time shooting past 4 am the next day.
Andy Murray eventually sealed the deal with a 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-5 victory to stage one of the biggest comebacks of his career after being two sets down and his opponent serving for the match at 5-2 in the third.
Despite the exhaustion of finishing in the wee hours of the morning, the former World No. 1 seemed to bounce right back as he was seen returning to Melbourne Park just a few hours later. Tennis fans were amused by Andy Murray’s drive and dedication and many opined that the three-time Grand Slam champion should go back to his room and recuperate for his upcoming third-round encounter against Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday.
“Why is he even there? He shouldn’t be on any court today, just recovery and sleep at the hotel,” one fan said.
“Obviously he will know what is better for him but in my opinion I think he should go to rest well…sleep is very important . I would be died,” another fan commented.
Here are a few more reactions from fans:
“His best chance of survival is playing next match as late in the day as possible” – Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick on Andy Murray’s recovery post Australian Open R2
After Andy Murray’s strenuous win, another former world. 1 Andy Roddick touched upon the ideal recovery process for the Brit to get back on his feet before his Round 3 clash at the Australian Open.
The 2003 US Open champion stated that it was essential for Murray to go through the necessary routines before calling it a day.
“If I’m him, I don’t sacrifice body work for sleep immediately. Have to crush some food before sleep as well. No chance I’d be the least bit concerned about practicing at all between matches. Massage, ice all day . If he can steal a 4-5 hours of sleep today then great. So hard,” Roddick wrote.
The American suggested that the Brit should refrain from practicing the sport and focus on recovery first.
“They’ll have a makeshift ice bath set up in his room and he will be in and out of it all day. Also have to think tourney will schedule him later on in the day on next playing day. All he needs today for motion is 20 easy minutes on a stationary bike. No hitting,” Roddick added.
Andy Roddick further remarked that the 35-year-old’s best chance at survival was having the match scheduled “as late in the day as possible” against a tough opponent in Roberto Bautista Agut, who previously downed him in the opening round of the 2019 Australian Open, prompting Murray into temporary retirement.
“Later in the afternoon or even 7 pm isn’t the same as starting at 11 pm. You have to survive before you advance. His best chance of survival is playing next match as late in the day as possible. In this scenario worrying about recovering after another win is the goal,” he said.
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