In a mirror image of his first-round match against Matteo Berrettini, in which Murray won the opening two sets before letting the Italian back into the match, this time he had to fight from behind against the Australian receiving home support from the crowd.
Murray finally came through 4-6 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) 6-3 7-5, finishing at 4am - the third-latest end to a grand slam match in tennis history.
Murray only progressed past the second round of a grand slam once last season, where he was defeated by Berrettini in the US Open third round. But the victory, which was secured after five hours and 45 minutes, was arguably the former world No 1’s best at a grand slam since 2017 and hopes are now high ahead of the rest of the tournament.
When is Andy Murray’s next match?
Murray will play his third-round match on Saturday night in Australia (Saturday morning UK time) with the contest scheduled to begin at 7pm local time (8am GMT).
It gives Murray clarity surrounding his schedule, without the need to wait for other matches to finish before taking to Margaret Court Arena.
Who will Andy Murray play next?
After knocking out Thanasi Kokkinakis in five sets, Murray will play Roberto Bautista Agut.
Bautista Agut is the 24th seed and he also came back from two sets down in the second round, beating American Brandon Holt.
Bautista Agut is the last seed in Murray’s quarter of the draw, before a potential semi-final with Novak Djokovic.
How to watch the Australian Open 2023
You can watch the Australian Open live on Eurosport in the UK. The action will be broadcast on Eurosport’s TV channels, or fans can tune into Discovery+ to stream the tournament, where an Entertainment & Sport pass is available for either £6.99/month or £59.99/year.
If you’re not already a Sky customer, you can get a Sky Stream box, which comes with Sky TV and a Netflix basic plan. The device is currently discounted in Sky’s winter sale (was £26 per month, now £24 per month, Sky.com). This is Sky’s new device, and doesn’t require a satellite dish as it streams Sky directly over wifi.
Meanwhile, ESPN has the rights in the US.
Australian Open 2023 tournament schedule
Saturday 21 January: Men’s singles, women’s singles - third round
Sunday 22 January: Men’s singles, women’s singles - fourth round
Monday 23 January: Men’s singles, women’s singles - fourth round
Tuesday 24 January: Men’s singles, women’s singles - quarter-finals
Wednesday 25 January: Men’s singles, women’s singles - quarter-finals
Thursday 26 January: Women’s singles - semi-finals
Friday 27 January: Men’s singles - semi-finals
Saturday 28 January: Women’s singles final
Sunday 29 January: Men’s singles final