Australian Open day four wrap: Murray wins longest match of his career

Andy Murray double-handed backhand Credit: Alamy
Andy Murray double-handed backhand Credit: Alamy

Andy Murray wrote another remarkable chapter in his career by winning his longest-ever match to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round of the Australian Open.

The contest lasting five hours and 45 minutes finished at 4.05am and ended a day that saw defeats for second seeds Casper Ruud and Ons Jabeur and more hamstring concern for Novak Djokovic.

Dan Evans moved safely through to round three 15 hours before Murray completed victory to set up a clash with fifth seed Andrey Rublev.

Picture of the day

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Andy Murray looks to the sky during his late-night epic against Thanasi Kokkinakis (Ng Han Guan/AP)

Quote of the day

“He’s been drunk out of his mind from the first point, provoking me,” Novak Djokovic griped about a rowdy fan.

Point of the day

Tweet of the day

Not so lucky day

Alexander Zverev won the first set against Michael Mmoh but went on to lose after this unfortunate interruption.

Fallen seeds

Women: Ons Jabeur (2), Veronika Kudermetova (9), Anett Kontaveit (16), Liudmila Samsonova (18), Irina Camelia Begu (27)
Men: Casper Ruud (2), Taylor Fritz (8), Alexander Zverev (12), Pablo Carreno Busta (14), Diego Schwartzman (23), Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (30)

Australian Open day four results

Results from Day 4 of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park on Thursday:

Men’s singles

2nd round

Andrey Rublev (RUS x5) bt Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3

Dan Evans (GBR x25) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-1

Ugo Humbert (FRA) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-4

Holger Rune (DEN x9) bt Maxime Cressy (USA) 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) bt Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x14) 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, 7-6 (10/4)

Alex De Minaur (AUS x22) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x27) bt Laslo Djere (SRB) 6-3, 6-2, 6-0

Novak Djokovic (SRB x4) bt Enzo Couacaud (FRA) 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-0

Alexei Popyrin (AUS) bt Taylor Fritz (USA x8) 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2

Ben Shelton (USA) bt Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5

JJ Wolf (USA) bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG x23) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Michael Mmoh (USA) bt Alexander Zverev (GER x12) 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Andy Murray (GBR) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 4-6, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 7-5

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x24) bt Brandon Holt (USA) 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Tommy Paul (USA) bt Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP x30) 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-4

Jenson Brooksby (USA) bt Casper Ruud (NOR x2) 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2

Women’s singles

2nd round

Varvara Gracheva (RUS) bt Lucrezia Stefanini (ITA) 6-3, 6-1

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x30) bt Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-0, 7-5

Zhang Shuai (CHN x23) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-3, 6-3

Katie Volynets (USA) bt Veronika Kudermetova (RUS x9) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Magda Linette (POL) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST x16) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS x19) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

Laura Siegemund (GER) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM x27) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

Caroline Garcia (FRA x4) bt Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x5) bt Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-3, 6-1

Elise Mertens (BEL x26) bt Lauren Davis (USA) 6-4, 6-3

Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Anna Karolína Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-4, 6-3

Belinda Bencic (SUI x12) bt Claire Liu (USA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3

Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) bt Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 6-3, 6-2

Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Liudmila Samsonova (RUS x18) 6-3, 6-0

Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) bt Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 6-3, 6-2

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) bt Ons Jabeur (TUN x2) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1

Who’s up next?

Cameron Norrie will bid to reach the fourth round for a third straight grand slam when he takes on talented young Czech Jiri Lehecka.

Women’s top seed Iga Swiatek will look to avoid the raft of upsets against Spanish qualifier Cristina Bucsa while third seed Jessica Pegula plays Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, now the highest-ranked man left in the draw, takes on Tallon Griekspoor, and Mackenzie McDonald will look to follow up his upset of Rafael Nadal by taking out 31st seed Yoshihito Nishioka.

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