We thought we’d seen it all from Andy Murray, but in what could be his final ever match, he left us spellbound once more.
On The Tennis Podcast, David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, Amazon Prime) discuss one of the most extraordinary opening days in Grand Slam history, as Murray produced a rousing comeback in a match of unrivalled poignancy and significance. It wasn’t quite enough for him to beat Roberto Bautista-Agut, but it provided hours of compelling drama. What were Law and Whitaker feeling as they watched Murray look like Murray again?
They also consider his possible next steps. Have we really seen the last of Murray? What was he like in his press conference? Was this match the perfect send-off? Or might he use it as a stepping stone to a final farewell at Wimbledon?
It was a day of mixed fortunes for the other six Brits in action. Harriet Dart lost 6-0, 6-0 to Maria Sharapova. Was that a harsh scoreline or did it reflect the match? Since when has Katie Boulter been capable of the gritty, aggressive tennis that saw her beat Ekaterina Makarova? And what about Dan Evans? He won his first five-set match for two years. Can he trouble Roger Federer in the next round?
There’s also excitement over wins for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari, and analysis of Rafael Nadal’s performance.
The Tennis Podcast will be produced daily throughout the Australian Open, and at all the Grand Slam tournaments in 2019. It is produced in association with The Telegraph.
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