Andy Murray has revealed the brutal, physical toll this Australian Open took on him – and how the fallout from his 4am win over Thanasi Kokkinakis hurt him in the third round loss to Roberto Bautista Agut.
Murray spent around 14 hours on court across three matches in six days, despite having a metal hip amid other maladies, beating Matteo Berrettini and Kokkinakis in a pair of five-set epics.
It all caught up with him on Saturday night, with the Scot clearly in pain from the opening point – an “uncomfortable” back made serving painful – yet he still fought bravely and even claimed a set in front of a partisan crowd.
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But it all ended up being too much with Murray revealing he had just three hours’ sleep the morning after the…