Andy Murray vs Thanasi Kokkinakis LIVE: Australian Open latest scores, updates and results as Novak Djokovic battles through injury


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Follow live updates from the Australian Open ace Andy Murray takes on home favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round in Melbourne. Murray is looking to build on his sensational opening victory over Matteo Berrettini after the 35-year-old rolled back the years to claim a stunning five-set win against the 13th seed, his best result at a grand slam in half a decade.

Murray now faces the 26-year-old Australian Kokkinakis in what should be a lively encounter at the Margaret Court Arena. A former top-10 junior player, Kokkinakis’ promising career was disrupted by injury and he currently finds himself outside of the top 100, but he will have the backing of the home crowd as he looks to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time.

Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, battled through against French qualifier Enzo Couacaud in the headline match on Rod Laver Arena. Djokovic suffered a hamstring injury and went off the court for treatment during the second set, while a heckler that the Serb described as “drunk out of his mind” also clearly affected him. But he ultimately prevailed 6-1 6-7 6-2 6-0 to record a 23rd straight win at the Australian Open.

Earlier, American Jenson Brooksby upset second seed Casper Ruud 6-3 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 to claim the biggest win of his career and reach the third round. Brooksby squandered three match points in the third set but regained his composure to send Ruud packing in just under four hours on Rod Laver Arena. Dan Evans is also through after an ill-tempered win over Jeremy Chardy.

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Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 4-6 6-6 Thanasi Kokkinakis – Tiebreak!

Back to the backhand duel on the opening point, Murray plays it well but then can’t finish it off at the net, as he skews the forehand volley! Kokkinakis with the early mini-break. 0-1

Kokkinakis then steps on the forehand – brutal power again from the Australian – Murray looks angry with something as he nets. 0-2

Ace from Kokkinakis. Too good. 0-3

A break off the netcord for Murray – he needed that, as he puts away the forehand volley. 1-3

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 19, 2023 1:20 p.m.


Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 4-6 6-6 Thanasi Kokkinakis – Tiebreak!

Now Kokkinakis has to serve to stay in the set. He starts off well with a forehand volley at the net, and then a two big first serves – solid from the Australian.

40-0, and Kokkinakis gets through to the tiebreak but planting a clever ball on the baseline.

Huge tiebreak to come next.

Jamie BraidwoodJan 19, 2023 1:18 p.m.


Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 4-6 6-5 Thanasi Kokkinakis*

Even by his standards, Murray’s determination has been put to the test here, but it’s starting to shine through. He steers a lovely backhand into the open court and the big swings from Kokkinakis are starting to turn into misses after so many hits. Murray holds to edge ahead in this second set.

Jamie BraidwoodJan 19, 2023 1:13 p.m.


Australian Open 2023: *Andy Murray 4-6 5-5 Thanasi Kokkinakis – Murray breaks!

A double fault from Kokkinakis – his first of the match! – on deuce sees Murray have a look at another break point!

And finally Kokkinakis misses! Murray hangs on, brilliant defense from the 35-year-old even as Kokkinakis hits the line, and then the Australian pushes wide!

He breaks back, his first break of the match, and after saving three set points!

Jamie BraidwoodJan 19, 2023 1:08 p.m.


Australian Open 2023: *Andy Murray 4-6 4-5 Thanasi Kokkinakis

After the attacks from Kokkinakis, the Australian finds his cool to deliver a first serve and forehand combination, taking the first two points of a crucial service game.

A backhand winner down the line from Murray gets him back into it at 30-15, but then Kokkinakis steps in well.

Two set points, for a two-set lead.

A chance: Murray draws Kokkinakis into the net, and the Australian can’t squeeze his way past.

Winner from Murray! Wow, that was clutch. He targets the Kokkinakis and blasts through with the forehand winner.

WINNER FROM MURRAY! Straight down the line off the Kokkinakis serve!

Break point now: insane defense from Murray, but Kokkinakis holds on, and then produces a brilliant forehand down the line!

Deuce – and a forehand winner down the line from Kokkinakis. He just isn’t missing.

Another set point: goal Murray hangs in! A stunning drop shot is followed by a lob from Murray, as Kokkinakis nets!

Jamie BraidwoodJan 19, 2023 1:03 p.m.


Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 4-6 4-5 Thanasi Kokkinakis* – Kokkinakis breaks

A second serve from Murray trundles over the net and is smacked back by Kokkinakis, who gets a big break off the netcord.

Another second serve from Murray offers Kokkinakis a chance and this suddenly looks like the first set as the Australian times his attack to get to 0-30.

Murray is then given a time warning – what a time for that – and Kokkinakis sees his luck. He attacks Murray’s backhand before powering the forehand down the line, then stepping in to put away the smash.

Three break points – and Kokkinakis gets the crucial break as Murray clips the netcord with the backhand. Just relentless pressure from Kokkinakis there.

Kokkinakis will serve for the next set. Murray is furious at the time warning he got at 0-30.

Jamie Braidwood19 January 2023 12:57


Australian Open 2023: *Andy Murray 4-6 4-4 Thanasi Kokkinakis

Kokkinakis offers a stern reminder though, as he produces more aggressive play off the forehand side. Great response from the Australian to hold to love.

Jamie Braidwood19 January 2023 12:52


Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray 4-6 4-3 Thanasi Kokkinakis*

Yep, this is more comfortable now for Murray, as he closes the net to put away a forehand winner and take a simple hold. There was only one flash of danger from Kokkinakis – a forehand winner off the serve – but Murray is starting to control and dictate more rallies now.

Jamie Braidwood19 January 2023 12:48


Novak Djokovic provides concerning injury update after Australian Open win

Djokovic could be seen limping after points and took a second-set injury timeout for treatment from his physio.

And with a third-round match against Grigor Dimitrov to come on Saturday, Djokovic admits he is concerned by his condition.

“It’s not good at all, to be honest with you,” said the nine-time winner at Melbourne Park. “I’ll take it day by day.

Jack Rathborn with the full story:

Luke BakerJan 19, 2023 12:45 p.m.


Australian Open 2023: *Andy Murray 4-6 3-3 Thanasi Kokkinakis

Now – lucky. There are signs here that Murray has stabilized. And there are now more errors coming from Kokkinakis than winners.

But on 30-30, Murray finds the net with a forehand looking for the pass down the line, and then the backhand on the other side also crashes into the net to let Kokkinakis off.

Jamie BraidwoodJan 19, 2023 12:44 p.m.


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