Novak Djokovic hilariously teases Andy Murray for falling EIGHT minutes short of his 5hrs 53mins Australian Open final with Rafael Nadal – after the Brit dug deep to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis at 4.05am
- Andy Murray played for an astonishing five hours, 45 minutes in second round
- He beat Thanasi Kokkinakis from two sets down and won at 4.05am local time
- Novak Djokovic joked afterwards on Instagram that Murray didn’t beat his record
- He was eight minutes short of Djokovic and Nadal’s 2012 Australian Open final
Novak Djokovic took a hilarious swipe at Andy Murray for falling eight minutes short of the Serbian’s five-hour and 53 minutes Australian Open final with Rafael Nadal in 2012.
Murray fought back from two sets down to seal an incredible 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in a second round contest that did not finish until 4.05am.
The athletes went back and forth for an astonishing five hours and 45 minutes before the 35-year-old Scot reached deep inside himself one last time and uncorked a backhand winner past the despairing Australian.
Andy Murray fought back from two sets down to seal an incredible win over Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis after five hours and 45 minutes
Novak Djokovic hilariously teased Murray for falling eight minutes short of his five-hour and 53 minutes final with Rafael Nadal in the 2012 Australian Open final
And after Murray’s sensational win, Djokovic posted an Instagram story praising the Scot for his victory.
Along with a picture of Murray celebrating with the 5:45 clock in the background, he wrote: ‘Phenomenal fighting spirit of a great champion! Really inspirational! Well done mate’.
But just two minutes later, the Serbian posted photos from his own exhausting battle with Nadal in 2012, resurfacing photos of him in agony along with a picture of him crouched in front of the 5:53 clock.
Djokovic tagged Murray in the post and wrote: ‘You just felt short of 8min. Sorry mate’ – along with both a laughing face and a muscle emoji.’
Nadal and Djokovic’s Australian Open final remains the longest Grand Slam final of all time – and it was the Serbian who triumphed in the end 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5.
The 35-year-old must now recover for a third round against No 24 seed Roberto Bautista Agut
Djokovic has booked himself in the third round this year with a comfortable 6-1 6-7 6-2 6-0 against French qualifier Enzo Couacaud.
But after having to leave the court with a hamstring injury, it’s unclear how he will cope in the next round when he meets Grigor Dimitrov.
Murray meanwhile must now recover for a third round against Roberto Bautista Agut, the No 24 seed who never gives an inch.
Speaking post-match, Murray reaffirmed his belief his round two clash finished far too late.
‘I don’t know who it’s beneficial for,’ he said. ‘It ends in a bit of a farce.
‘Amazingly, people stayed until the end, and I really appreciate them doing that and creating an atmosphere for us at the end.
Djokovic cruised into the third round with a comfortable 6-1 6-7 6-2 6-0 against French qualifier Enzo Couacaud
‘Some people obviously need to work the following day and everything. If my child was a ball kid for a tournament and they’re coming home at five in the morning, as a parent, I’m snapping at that.
‘It’s not beneficial for them. It’s not beneficial for the umpires, the officials. I don’t think it’s amazing for the fans. It’s not good for the players.
‘We talk about it all the time, and it’s been spoken about for years. But when you start the night matches late and have conditions like that, these things are going to happen.’