(January 18, 2017) Top seed Andy Murray survived a fall in the third set in which he injured his ankle, to easily beat Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday.
In the third game of the third set, the Scot’s right shoe caught on the court’s surface. Post match Murray said that the ankle was sore but he could still move around the court well.
Murray will take on 31rst seed Sam Querrey in the third round on Friday.
Four-time Australian Open champion and 17th seed Roger Federer has reached the round of 32. The veteran beat qualifier Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(3), coming back from a 2-5 deficit in the final set.
“I definitely got lucky winning that third set. He had a couple of set points on my serve,” Federer said.
“Tricky third set, of course. I had to save a couple of set points. I know it could have gone different. I’m happy there.
“I think I was a bit more consistent than in the first match against Melzer, where I ended up losing that second set after leading. I think I had a little bit better concentration.
“Yeah, like I said, I didn’t know much about Noah Rubin going in except the info I got from my coaches. I was prepared. I was ready to battle. I was able to get the win, so I’m very happy.”
The third round will be a test for the Swiss as he’ll match up with 10th seed Tomas Berdych. Berdych had a 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over American Ryan Harrison.
No. 5 Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Jeremy Chardy.
“There was many up and downs in second set and also third set, too,” he said. “I think I was focused when I need the game.
“Yeah, it was a good match for me.”
No. 4 seed Stan Wawrinka beat American Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 over Steve Johnson, and No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
Upsets on the day on the men’s side included 2014 US Open champion, seventh seed Marin Cilic who lost to Brit Dan Evans, No. 14 seed Nick Kyrgios and 19th seed John Isner.
More to follow…