Andy Murray was led into the fifth set by Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open

Andy Murray is put into the FIFTH SET by Matteo Berrettini as the resurgent Briton, 35, slips the two-set lead against the 13th seed at the Australian Open

  • Andy Murray started well and led Matteo Berrettini by two sets
  • But the Italian then fought back to win third place and started to make his move
  • Pumped up, Murray, 35, rolled back the years with the ad
  • The fourth set was a tense affair but the Italian prevailed 9-7 in a dramatic tie break

Andy Murray has led Matteo Berrettini to the fifth set in a thrilling match at the Australian Open.

The 35-year-old turned back the years and raced towards a two-set lead to take command of the game, winning both 6-3.

With temperatures soaring leading to a grueling fight, Berrettini hit back to win the third and then pushed away a tie break 9-7 in the fourth.

Andy Murray looks back on his best time beating Matteo Berrettini

Andy Murray looks back on his best time beating Matteo Berrettini

The British star rolled back the years to overcome 13th place at the Australian Open

The British star rolled back the years to overcome 13th place at the Australian Open

Berrettini was considered a possible winner of the tournament but was upset in round one

Berrettini was considered a possible winner of the tournament but was upset in round one

It had looked like Murray was on course to victory, being two points away on multiple occasions in the fourth set tiebreak.

But it was the Italian who prevailed in front of an enthusiastic Melbourne crowd.

Murray gave Berrettini little to work with in game four and his body language was positive throughout, but the younger man showed his class to force a deciding set.

There was a lot of fist pumping from Murray and his body language was consistently positive

There was a lot of fist pumping from Murray and his body language was consistently positive

Murray looked fantastic and sent a warning shot to the rest of the field

Murray looked fantastic and sent a warning shot to the rest of the field

Murray went into the match with a lot of confidence, despite knowing that his path through the tournament would be littered with big names as he is unseeded.

Berrettini was a difficult draw to begin with, but Murray showed why he had previously won 49 games at the Australian Open in two superb opening sets.

He would never do it all alone and the 26-year-old from Rome managed to force the crucial fifth place.

Berrettini faced a difficult opponent in Melbourne who was desperate to get over the line

Berrettini faced a difficult opponent in Melbourne who was desperate to get over the line

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Maureen Mackey

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