Australian Open: Andy Murray and Dan Evans in five things you may have missed

Andy Murray’s body has held up well despite his nearly six-hour epic as organizers defend the ‘insane’ 4am finish – but it was bad news for brother Jamie, who loses in doubles… FIVE things to do at the Australian Open might have missed

  • Andy Murray made a comeback for the ages to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • The game, which lasted five hours and 45 minutes, didn’t end until after 4 a.m. in Melbourne
  • Murray returned for treatment on Friday but his body was in good shape
  • He then went straight back to bed at 7 p.m. on Saturday with his next match
  • Dan Evans gets a show court for his next match against Andrey Rublev

It was an epic day at the Australian Open, with Andy Murray scoring an all-time comeback win over Thanasi Kokkinakis that ended at 4.05.

Dan Evans added to the British delight thanks to a much quicker win over Jeremy Chardy, while Novak Djokovic struggled with an injury to defeat French qualifier Enzo Couacaud.

sports mail takes a look at five things you might have missed on day five in Melbourne.

Andy Murray's body seems to have weathered his classic with Kokkinakis just fine

Andy Murray’s body seems to have weathered his classic with Kokkinakis just fine

Murray in good form despite nearly six hours of epic

Andy Murray was back on site late this morning for a brief treatment before returning to his hotel for a second sleep while trying to prepare for his third round match against Roberto Bautista Agut, scheduled at 7pm on Saturday.

He is said to have done relatively well following his epic win over Thanasi Kokkinakis and was considering an early-night strike to keep things loose.

John McEnroe was among those appalled by his performance, telling Eurosport: “It was crazy that games at this level were being played at this time in the morning.

“Murray, we knew he had the heart of a champion, that goes without saying, but that’s him digging deeper than I’ve ever seen him with everything he’s been through.”

Murray wasn't very happy with the 4am ending and went back to bed after the treatment

Murray wasn’t very happy with the 4am ending and went back to bed after the treatment

The organizers defend the goal at 4 a.m

Craig Tiley was forced to defend the tournament schedule, which Murray branded a “farce” after his 4:05 finish.

He told Channel Nine: “In the last few days we’ve had extreme heat, we’ve had over five rain breaks, we’ve had cold. It’s Melbourne, but we don’t often have such conditions in such a short space of time.

“You would expect from 7pm to 12am [the evening session] In that five-hour window, you would get two matches.

Legend John McEnroe described the late night finishes after Murray's epic win as

Legend John McEnroe described the late night finishes after Murray’s epic win as “crazy”.

Evans joins Murray in going to court

It’s not just Andy Murray who will be spending Saturday at Margaret Court Arena, the second largest stadium in the ever expanding Melbourne Park.

Dan Evans, whose entry into the third round was somewhat overlooked because of his compatriot, is also there on Saturday.

His match against Andrey Rublev, number 5, was scheduled for this morning at around 2am UK time, lunchtime in Melbourne.

Dan Evans will play in his third round match against Andrey Rublev at Margaret Court Arena

Dan Evans will play in his third round match against Andrey Rublev at Margaret Court Arena

Rybakina deserves more credit

Elena Rybakina, the Russian-born Kazakh, often goes unnoticed for a reigning Wimbledon champion.

She showed again why she’s more than a grass-court specialist by delivering a superb 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win in the third round over last year’s runner-up Danielle Collins, who is something of a Melbourne specialist .

Elena Rybakina in action against Danielle Collins, a match she won in straight sets on Friday

Elena Rybakina in action against Danielle Collins, a match she won in straight sets on Friday

Not so good news for another Murray

Not so good news for Jamie Murray who, with his new partner Michael Venus, lost 7-6, 6-4 to Gonzalo Escobar and Tomislav Brkic in the second round of doubles.

There was also defeat for Julian Cash and Henry Patten but victory for Lloyd Glasspool and his Finnish partner Harri Heliovaara.

Jamie Murray and Michael Venus were eliminated from doubles, losing in the second round

Jamie Murray and Michael Venus were eliminated from doubles, losing in the second round

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