Andy Murray rolls back the years as he wins an INCREDIBLE point to break Thanasi Kokkinakis before cupping his ear to the Australian Open crowd… as home favourite smashes his racket in anger
- Brit Andy Murray lit up the Australian Open with a barely believable break point
- The 35-year-old rolled back the years to secure an incredible break on Thursday
- Murray utilised his amazing defence to deny home favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis
- The pumped-up three-time Grand Slam winner cupped his ears to the crowd
- While a frustrated Kokkinakis, 26, smashed his racquet on the floor in anger
- LIVE: The British veteran two sets down as he faces a second-round elimination
Andy Murray has lit up the Australian Open with a scarcely believable break point on Thursday.
The British veteran, facing home favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second-round in Melbourne, was two sets and a break down but rolled back the years and utilised his magnificent defence to secure a break back.
A hugely pumped-up Murray, 35, then cupped and pointed his finger to his ear to the crowd to indicate he wanted them to show their appreciation by being louder – as a frustrated Kokkinakis smashed his racket on the floor in anger.
British star Andy Murray, 35, rolled back the years to light up the Australian Open on Thursday
Murray used his magnificent defence to break home favourite, Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, at the Margaret Court Arena before cupping his ears to the crowd in a pumped-up celebration
After Murray patted a return of serve down the middle, Kokkinakis smashed a forehand down the line which had Murray scrambling, and opened his body up to send another forehand to the opposite side, which Murray somehow kept in.
Kokkinakis, 26, then had three opportunities to put the three-time Grand Slam champion away with a smash but Murray predicted where he was going each time, and his third return pushed Kokkinakis back from the net to the baseline.
When Murray returned his baseball-style shot, a clearly fed-up Kokkinakis – the reigning men’s doubles champion along with compatriot Nick Kyrgios – fired a forehand into the net and threw his racket to the ground in disgust and disbelief.
Murray recovered from this position and three Kokkinakis smashes to somehow win the point
Reigning men’s doubles champion Kokkinakis instantly smashed his racket in anger (pictured)
Twice-Wimbledon champion Murray beat 13th seed Matteo Berrettini in a thrilling five-set, nearly five-hour thriller to reach the second round, while Kokkinakis eased past veteran Fabio Fognini in the first round.
Murray left the Australian Open in tears four years ago thinking upcoming hip surgery would lead to his retirement.
But victory over Berrettini with a metal hip ranked among the greatest triumphs of his career and will hope to upset Kokkinakis by coming back from two sets down to win on Thursday.
And supporters quickly took to social media to praise Murray’s superb recovery.
One Twitter user said: ‘What a total legend!’ while one simply added: ‘Insane!!!!’.
A third posted: ‘Sir Andy says it ain’t over till it’s over.’
And supporters quickly took to social media (pictured) to praise Murray’s superb recovery
One continued: ‘Win or lose today, what a sportsman, what an athlete, what a career!!’.
Another tweeted: ‘Point of the year for me already……’.
A sixth concluded: ‘Unreal. Gonna show this to my 10 year old as an example of never knowing when you’re beat and always giving your best. Incredible.’
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