The twists and turns of Andy Murray's crazy first-round clash clash

How our rocky ko’d the Italian stallion: The twists and turns of Andy Murray’s crazy first-round clash clash with Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open

  • Andy Murray started well and raced into a two set lead against Matteo Berrettini
  • However, the 26-year-old Italian star did well to fight back and win the third set
  • The pair battled it out in the fourth set – but it was Berrettini who edged it 9-7
  •  Fifth set went to a 10-point match tie break and Murray delivered incredible win
  • Sportsmail has recalled each enthralling set as they happened on Tuesday night

Andy Murray beat Italian 13th seed Matteo Berrettini in a thrilling first-round clash at the Australian Open on Tuesday. 

Speaking after his triumph, Murray said he will be ‘feeling this tomorrow’ as the game went to five sets and a deciding tie-break. 

So, Sportsmail’s Mike Dickson has taken a look back at exactly what went on at the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. 

Andy Murray beat Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7, 7-6 in four hours and 49 minutes

Pre-match: Moments before the players went on court, they were told it would be played indoors due to the extreme heat. That resulted in slightly slower conditions, which helped Murray.

1-0 1st set: Murray hits a backhand pass to break early, and he takes first set 6-3.

1-0 2nd set: Similar story as two unforced errors from Berrettini see Murray break for 2-0. He wins second set 6-3.

The Italian was the superior player for the last three sets but Murray managed to hold his nerve 

The British tennis star cut his knee during the match but that didn’t stop him from triumphing

2-1 3rd set: Berrettini hits a 128mph service winner to save a second break point.

2-2 3rd set: Murray puts a forehand wide and suddenly Berrettini has his own break. Italian wins set 6-4. 

4th set tiebreak: Murray saves set point and then sends a dive volley fractionally long at 6-6.

7-8 tiebreak: A 16-shot rally ends with Murray’s defensive forehand going long to lose set.

5th set 4-5: Berrettini has the court at his mercy with Murray stranded, but drills a backhand into the net.

The Scottish athlete did well to keep his composure against the Italian and grind out the win

The two tennis players shook hands at the net and exchanged words before leaving the court

5th set tiebreak: Murray seals a 5-0 lead when Berrettini sends a backhand long.

8-5: Panic stations as Murray sends a straight-forward high volley long, allowing Berrettini to creep closer.

8-6: Murray keeps his composure on a second overhead to force backhand wide from Berrettini.

9-6: Murray makes the return of serve with a forehand, which floats on to the net cord and drops on to the other side for victory.

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