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After his gruelling and typically spirited five-set victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili, Murray has benefitted from what should in theory be a much kinder draw. His Japanese opponent is ranked 120th in the world and was easily dispatched by Murray in the pair’s only previous meeting back in 2016. Of course, Murray’s body is far more fragile now but, despite spending almost five hours on court on Tuesday, he insisted he was ready to make a deep run at this year’s tournament.
“It’s amazing to be back,” he said. “It’s been a tough three, four years. I have put a lot of work to be back here and I have played on this court many times and the atmosphere has been incredible…. I would love to have a deep run here if possible. It’s something I have not had at one of the slams since I came back from the injury and it is something that motivates me.”
Elsewhere in the men’s draw, the most raucous atmosphere in Melbourne will be reserved for the pulsating contest between crowd favourite Nick Kyrgios and the tournament favourite Daniil Medvedev, which gets underway at around 8am on Rod Laver Arena. Follow all the latest updates below:
Australian Open 2022: *Murray 4-6. 4-6, 2-2 Daniel
Murray rushes the net and puts away a forehand volley to move into 15-30. There are some encouraging signs from Murray, especially when he takes a positive approach, if only he can cut out the errors.
Daniel isn’t putting a foot wrong though, and he keeps the ball in play before Murray nets from out wide.
But Murray prevails on the next lengthy rally and raises his arm to the sky after Daniel goes long after 24 shots, to bring up another break point.
That’s a chance wasted. Murray stepped into the court but goes long on the backhand in the latest unforced error from the Scot, and Daniel produces a stunning backhand on the reach to pass Murray.
And Daniel survives to claim the hold as Murray nets from a low volley.
Australian Open 2022: Murray 4-6. 4-6, 2-1 Daniel*
That is tough. After taking the break, Murray hands it straight back after a wayward forehand volley and a double fault sees Daniel get back on serve.
Murray had taken a 30-0 lead as he looked to back up his break but the errors was once crept into his game. That’s a huge relief for Daniel.
Australian Open 2022: *Murray 4-6. 4-6, 2-0 Daniel
Daniel breezes into an early 30-0 lead on his opening service game, but Murray responds well with a clean winner on the following point. A nervous error from Daniel then brings up 30-30, and he then nets to hand Murray an early break point chance.
Daniel finds a big serve just when he needed one, though, with Murray unable to return from out wide. He lets out a grin as the chance goes begging, but he then is handed another one after Daniel miscues a forehand.
And there it is! Daniel double faults and Murray gets the crucial early break!
Australian Open 2022: Murray 4-6. 4-6, 1-0 Daniel*
Murray has made some remarkable comebacks from two sets down in his career – including at the US Open in September 2020 against Yoshihito Nishioka – but this would be right up there if he can turn it around.
He will have to win in five sets once again if he is to advance to the third round of the Australian Open and a dramatic improvement is needed, as well as a dip from Daniel.
Two early errors from Murray brings up 30-30 on his opening service game, however, already a difficult position to be.
He responds with a controlled volley from the net after pushing Daniel behind the baseline – and a strong serve out wide gets him out of the hole.
Australian Open 2022: *Murray 4-6. 4-6 Daniel – Daniel wins second set
Daniel starts off with an ace – that will settle any nerves. Murray gets a racket to a big serve down the middle to stay in the next point, but Daniel is too strong and Murray sends a shot long.
Daniel then hits a supreme forehand winner which catches the line to bring up three set points – and Daniel takes it on the next point as Murray goes long.
It’s a long way back for Murray now.
Australian Open 2022: Murray 4-6. 4-5 Daniel*
A comfortable hold of serve from Murray, helped by a couple of aces on his first serve.
He’s made Daniel serve it out, which is all he could do. He simply needs to break her though. It would be a long way back from two sets down.
Australian Open 2022: *Murray 4-6. 3-5 Daniel
Big moments for Murray here, and he tries to get himself going by asking for some more noise from the John Cain Arena crowd.
He drops the opening point with a poor backhand on Daniel’s second serve – such a strange error from Murray to make. It’s not helped by a net cord on the following point – those errors just keep coming.
Daniel moves to 40-15 with a big serve out wide, and claims an important hold with an ace to the opposite corner.
Australian Open 2022: Murray 4-6. 3-4 Daniel*
Murray immediately finds himself in trouble as he nets a forehand under little pressure to hand Daniel 0-30.
He responds well though, firing off an unreturnable serve, a forehand winner, another unreturnable serve, and an ace to claim the hold. He simply needed that.
Australian Open 2022: *Murray 4-6. 2-4 Daniel
Daniel makes a confident start to his latest service game before Murray shows signs of life with a nice backhand winner down the line.
He can’t take advantage though, as he nets a presentable volley chance that would have moved him to 30-30.
Instead, Daniel can claim the hold with an ace.
Australian Open 2022: Murray 4-6. 2-3 Daniel*
Murray wins a couple of comfortable points on his serve, but Daniel then ramps up the pressure again as he steps into a crosscourt backhand and powers a winner past Murray to bring up 30-30.
A loose shot from Murray on his backhand side gives Daniel the chance for a double break, and despite some impressive defence from Daniel, Murray survives as his opponent goes long.
But a further error from Murray, this time an volley into the net, hands Daniel another break point. Murray gets away with a initial volley that he failed to put away, before adjusting to win the point at the net.
The next two points rather sum up Murray’s match so far. A brilliant forehand winner from behind the baseline is followed up by a sloppy unforced error into the net – and he’s then made to work again to put away a challenging backhand overhead.
Murray can’t get a first serve in on game point, but he gets away with it as Daniel drifts a backhand wide to finally secure the hold. That’s an important one.