Andy Murray’s greatest wins after beating Berrettini at the Australian Open

Andy Murray proved he still has what it takes to compete with tennis’ elite after beating Matteo Berrettini in five sets and sealing an amazing first-round win at the Australian Open.

The 35-year-old has been plagued by injuries that have severely impacted his career over the past five years, but he put in a brave performance in Melbourne to advance to the second round after a nearly five-hour epic on Tuesday.

Given his advanced age, fitness concerns and the level of his opponent in Berrettini, a former Wimbledon finalist, this is considered one of Murray’s finest wins in a stunning career. But where does it count among his greatest victories? sports mail looks back on his other breakthrough victories throughout his career.

Andy Murray beats Matteo Berrettini to advance to second round of Australian Open

Andy Murray beats Matteo Berrettini to advance to second round of Australian Open

Richard Gasquet (Wimbledon, fourth round – 2008) 5-7 3-6 7-6 6-2 6-4

Prior to that fourth-round game at Wimbledon in 2008, there were already doubts about Murray’s ability to go the distance in five-set matches. In previous competitions, he showed tremendous ability in the early sets before match fitness tended to peter him out.

The potential was always there, however, despite looking beaten 5-4 to Richard Gasquet at SW19, with the Frenchman close to serving for a straight set win.

Instead, Murray broke out, and after sending the crowd on Center Court into a frenzy, he pulled off an amazing comeback, winning in five sets and proving he had the tools at 21 to go all the way.

Murray was just beginning his career when he defeated Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon

Murray was just beginning his career when he defeated Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon

David Goffin (Davis Cup, Finals – 2015) 6-3, 7-5, 6-3

On the Ghent clay court, that was a standard win for Murray, but in context it was a big win for himself and for British tennis as it brought the Davis Cup back to Britain for the first time in 79 years – against all odds too.

For Britain to have any chance they needed the Scot to be at their best and he did not disappoint by winning an incredible 11 gummies throughout the competition without losing a single game.

Murray even watched the 2015 win over Belgium’s David Goffin in style, throwing in an outrageous lob at match point after a long rally to seal an amazing victory.

Victory over David Goffin in Belgium allowed Murray to win the Davis Cup with Great Britain

Victory over David Goffin in Belgium allowed Murray to win the Davis Cup with Great Britain

Matteo Berrettini (Australian Open, first round – 2023) 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7, 7-6

Murray hasn’t been the same since injuries began decimating the latter stages of his career in 2017, but his class will always remain.

At the age of 35, his career has come full circle – with doubts about how he can survive in five-set competitions.

Fear not, however, as the three-time Grand Slam winner is still alive. After squandering a 2-0 lead over 2021 Wimbledon finalist Berrettini, Murray fought back in the final set at Rod Laver Arena to reach the second round through a champions tiebreak in just under five hours with an amazing Power.

The Scottish athlete defeated Berrettini in five sets during a nearly five-hour epic in Melbourne

The Scottish athlete defeated Berrettini in five sets during a nearly five-hour epic in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic (ATP Finals, Finals – 2016) 6-3, 6-4

By 2016 Murray had achieved many career goals that many young British tennis stars could only dream of, even in isolation, including winning a Grand Slam, winning Wimbledon, winning Olympic gold and winning the Davis Cup.

But there was one more itch to scratch — to take first place in the world. After climbing to the top of the rankings in 2014, Novak Djokovic was at the top for 122 weeks, the second-longest streak since 1985.

It was therefore fitting that Murray faced the Serb in the final of the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London – with the winner poised to end the season and year at the top of the tennis world.

However, Murray made it easy with Djokovic, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 before raising his index finger to signal his newfound world No. 1 status.

Murray ended Novak Djokovic's run as world No. 1 after beating him in the 2016 ATP Finals

Murray ended Novak Djokovic’s run as world No. 1 after beating him in the 2016 ATP Finals

Roger Federer (Olympic Games, Finals – 2012) 6-2, 6-1, 6-4

Ahead of the London games, Murray was in danger of becoming the latest ‘almost man’ in British tennis after losing four Grand Slam semi-finals and as many finals – including a heartbreaking 2012 Wimbledon defeat to the imperious Roger Federer .

Murray needed a landmark victory to ensure he was a threat to the established trio at the top, including Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, and it was in August 2012 at Wimbledon – the scene of his final SW19 heartbreak a month earlier – who would take care of it.

Once again against Federer, who was aiming for his first singles gold medal with Switzerland, Murray smashed his rival 6-2 6-1 6-4 aside and laid the groundwork for his future success.

Winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics laid the groundwork for Murray to reach the top

Winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics laid the groundwork for Murray to reach the top

Novak Djokovic (US Open, Finals – 2012) 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2

And that future success didn’t take long to grow into a Grand Slam win just a month after the Olympics, when he fought Djokovic in an epic at Flushing Meadows.

After enduring two struggling sets to take a 2-0 lead, things looked bleak for Murray as Djokovic stormed through the next couple of sets to lead the final into a decider.

But it was the Scot who kept his nerve in the final – beating Djokovic 6-2 in the final set to become the first Briton to win a Grand Slam singles title in 76 years.

After winning the Olympics, Murray secured a rare Grand Slam in the men's singles at the US Open

After winning the Olympics, Murray secured a rare Grand Slam in the men’s singles at the US Open

Novak Djokovic (Wimbledon, Finals – 2013) 6-4, 7-5, 6-4

A year after his devastating loss to Federer, Murray was back in the SW19 final – only this time he had an Olympic gold medal and a Grad Slam win to mentally brace himself.

Still, the annual tale of Fred Perry becoming the last British men’s player to win the singles competition in 1936 was still making the rounds, and there was much commotion around Center Court as one of the summer’s hottest sports tickets was on the cards, with Murray finally about to break through to the Brits succeed.

Despite arguably the toughest task in tennis with a match against top-ranked Djokovic, Murray blew through in straight sets to capture the first of his two Wimbledon crowns and cement his place as one of Britain’s greatest tennis players of all time.

A year later, the Scot ended Great Britain's long wait for Wimbledon success in the men's singles

A year later, the Scot ended Great Britain’s long wait for Wimbledon success in the men’s singles

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