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.
In the midst of the ongoing excitement about Novak Djokovic, his media exception at the Australian Open and the “will they, they won’t” of his visa, there is indeed some tennis going on!
The Sydney Tennis Classic is the final warm-up before the Australian Open kick-off on Monday – and Britain’s greatest living tennis player could secure his place in the quarter-finals today with a win against Basilashvili.
Yesterday, Britain’s best player, Emma Raducanu, was, frankly, hammered in her match at the same tournament. It was a self-centered return on the pitch for the US Open winner who had her first “bagel” set on tour in a 6-1 loss 6-1 to Elena Rybakina, but she remains confident that she ” brush off “can. the devastating defeat in which she won just one game in her first game of 2022.
Briton Murray had an easier time in his round of 32 against Norwegian qualifier Viktor Durasovic and drove to a 6-3 6-1 win.
The three-time Grand Slam champion had to admit defeat in his first game of the season against Facundo Bagnis in Melbourne, but looked good against Durasovic, who was forced to make some mistakes by the Murray backhand.
The former world number one has accepted a wild card for the Australian Open three years after suggesting he might have played his last game due to an upcoming hip replacement.
Murray, who put in a strong performance from the baseline to beat Durasovic, said in his on-pitch interview: “It’s really nice to get my range and I can hopefully carry it to Melbourne.
“I was hoping to get matches in Melbourne last week but that didn’t happen. Fortunately, the tournament organizers agreed to give me the wildcard and the opportunity to play here and I’m very grateful for that.”