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Australian Open 2023: *Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-5 Murray
Wow – that’s a gorgeous backhand pass from Murray to get to 30-0, after he had put Berrettini in position.
Then he directs a lovely backhand up the line. Berrettini goes wide.
And the forehand winner seals the hold to love. Super play from Murray.
Australian Open 2023: Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-4 Murray*
Murray has a look at a backhand down the line and nets, and Berrettini takes advantage as he whips a clean forehand winner down the line.
Big serve from Berrettini and then a lovely touch with the drop shot. Those were not coming off earlier.
We are into a third hour and there is nothing to split Murray and Berrettini in the fourth.
Australian Open 2023: *Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 3-4 Murray
Super from Murray – skidding a backhand slice and then putting away a forehand winner down the line. The return from Berrettini stays in but the forehand errors are starting creep back in, and then Berrettini nets again after Murray defends well on the baseline!
Australian Open 2023: Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 3-3 Murray*
Simple stuff from Berrettini as the Italian holds to love, put away with a leaping volley at the net. Murray will get the new balls as he looks to edge back in front.
Australian Open 2023: *Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 2-3 Murray
Just keep ticking. The level from both players has dropped at the start of the fourth. Murray gets himself to 40-15 on serve and gets away with it a little bit to get the hold. He dropped Berrettini before just doing enough with the lob, which Berrettini nets on the stretch.
Australian Open 2023: Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 2-2 Murray*
For the second Berrettini game in a row, Murray grinds his way to 30-30, but the Italian wins the next point to get out of trouble. Murray looked frustrated at his return on the serve at 30-30, which drifted long, before Berrettini put him away. Murray is getting chances though.
Australian Open 2023: *Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 1-2 Murray
That’s a really nice hold from Andy Murray, putting away a strong volley at the net and winning a good exchange. Berrettini then nets a simple forehand return.
Murray just needs to keep ticking that scoreboard and get Berrettini sweating.
Australian Open 2023: Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 1-1 Murray*
Berrettini produces a big serve out wide and forehand winner when facing a tricky spot at 30-30. Berrettini then sends Murray the wrong way again with a forehand winner out wide. The Italian has tightened up the serve and forehand since the early stages of the third set.
Australian Open 2023: Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 0-1 Murray
Berrettini makes a huge statement with the opening two points of the Murray serve. He puts away a volley at the net with authority and moves to 0-30,
But then Berrettini pushes a return wide, and then nets on the backhand.
Super point! Murray had Berrettini chasing but the Italian showed great defence! Then Murray skips a backhand slice into the corner, and Berrettini goes long!
And Murray gets out of trouble! A brilliant backhand down low from Murray sees Berrettini unable to pick it up.
Big hold in the opening game.
Australian Open 2023: Berrettini 3-6 3-6 6-4 Murray* – Berrettini wins the third set
Murray has a chance at 15-15 after pinning Berrettini back well, but he nets on the volley as he looked to put the point away.
Murray then nets on the Berrettini serve and the Italian has two set points to get back into this match.
Big serve from Berrettini. The forehand from Murray goes long.
There’s a roar from Berrettini and he is now hunting a comeback.
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