HHello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of Andy Murray’s Round of 16 game at the Sydney Tennis Classic, against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.
Amid the continuing fury around Novak Djokovic, his medical exemption from the Australian Open and the “will they, won’t they” his visa, there is actually tennis going on!
The Sydney Tennis Classic is the last warm-up before the Australian Open kicks off on Monday – and Britain’s greatest tennis player alive could secure his place in the quarter-finals with a victory over Basilashvili today.
Yesterday Britain’s top player Emma Raducanu was downright hammered in her match at the same tournament. It was a painful ego comeback on the pitch for the US Open champion, who enjoyed her first touring bagel in a 6-0 6-1 loss to Elena Rybakina, but she remains convinced. that she can “get rid” of the crushing defeat, in which she won only one match in her first match of 2022.
Fellow Briton Murray had an easier time in his round of 16 match against Norwegian qualifier Viktor Durasovic, winning 6-3 6-1.
The three-time Grand Slam champion suffered a loss in his first game of the season against Facundo Bagnis in Melbourne, but looked in good form against Durasovic, who was forced into a number of mistakes by the backhand. Murray.
The former world number one has accepted a wild card for the Australian Open, three years after hinting he may have played his last game due to impending hip surgery.
Murray, who produced a strong performance from the baseline to overtake Durasovic, said in his field interview: “It’s really good to have my lineup and I hope I can continue to Melbourne.
“I was hoping to have matches in Melbourne last week but that didn’t happen. Fortunately the tournament organizers agreed to give me the wild card and the opportunity to play here and I am very grateful for that. . “