By Matthew Roscoe • 20 January 2022 • 11:02
WITH the tennis world focusing on the Djokovic deportation drama, Brit Andy Murray had every chance of taking advantage of the Serbians absence, however, he has been sensationally dumped out of the Australia Open in the second round.
The British number one was up against 120th ranked Japanese player Taro Daniel and would have expected to have made it through to the third round. But after being taken to five sets by Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round earlier this week, the Brit failed to take a single set in today’s (January 20) game.
In fact, the game was too easy for the Australian Open qualifier, sweeping aside the former world no.1 in straight sets; 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. The win for Daniel, 28, means that he progresses through to the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career.
Murray, 34, will be hoping to get his season back on track at the French Open in May before Wimbledon rolls around at the end of June.
The Brit, who has won 46 ATP singles titles, including 14 ATP Masters 1000 events, had earlier commented on the Novak Djokovic situation, which saw the current world number one deported from the country.
Murray expressed his sympathy with Djokovic over his visa cancellation, saying the Australian Open is “better when all of the top players are playing in the event”. He also said the government had acted “last minute” and branded the situation “a mess”.
Novak Djokovic now faces a nervous wait to see whether he can compete alongside Murray at the French Open, with the French Government apparently stating that the tennis star will not allow him to play Roland Garros without vaccination.
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