FIVE Things You Might Have Missed From The Australian Open


The Australian Open is heating up with some big exits in recent days and some enticing matches coming up.

Andy Murray’s third round match with Roberto Batista Agut is the big story today after his dramatic victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis earlier this week. 

Sportsmail looks at the five things you might have missed overnight from Day Six of the competition.

Andy Murray is the last Brit standing as he faces Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut

Andy Murray is the last Brit standing 

Andy Murray reappeared at Melbourne Park in mid-afternoon ahead of his early evening third round match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. 

The 35 year-old Scot had a gentle hit on outside court Number Ten that was packed with spectators as he went through his paces under the watchful eye of Ivan Lendl.

With Dan Evans losing to Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-2 6-3 it was the first time since the 2017 French Open that Murray has been the last Brit standing in singles at a Grand Slam.

Murray arrived mid-afternoon for his third round match with Bautista Agut on Saturday

Murray arrived mid-afternoon for his third round match with Bautista Agut on Saturday

Future looking sketchy for British game 

British representation in the Australian Open junior events suggests that the future remains sketchy for the GB game, with not one boy entered in the under 18s, for all the money splashed out by the Lawn Tennis Association on academies. 

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There are two entrants in the girls’, but Ella McDonald was beaten 6-1 6-2 by Russia’s Alevtina Ibragimova in the first round. McDonald is the daughter of former Newcastle and Everton footballer Neil McDonald.

Top seeds in the double given a scare

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Top seeds in the doubles, Britain’s Neal Skupski and Holland’s Wesley Koolhof, were given a scare in the second round by the high profile Greek pair of Stefanos and Petros Tsitsipas. 

A huge crowd flocked to the Kia Arena for a chance to see the singles number three seed play alongside his journeyman sibling. Koolhof and Skupski needed to win a deciding tiebreak 10-7 to edge them out 7-6 4-6 7-6.

Wesley Koolhof (left) and Neal Skupski were given a scare in the doubles

Wesley Koolhof (left) and Neal Skupski were given a scare in the doubles 

Rune looking a serious threat in Melbourne 

Danish teenager Holger Rune, still only 19, is already looking a serious threat and underlined his credentials again with a 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory over talented Frenchman Ugo Humbert. 

The combative Rune, the number nine seed despite his age, now has a high-calibre fourth round against Evans’s conqueror Andrey Rublev.

Danish teenager Holger Rune faces Andrey Rublev in the fourth round in Melbourne

Danish teenager Holger Rune faces Andrey Rublev in the fourth round in Melbourne

Australian legend offers consolation to Kokkinakis 

Australian legend Rod Laver is on a visit to his native land from California, which has long since been his home, and did a question and answer session for fans at Melbourne Park. 

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Laver, 84, had words of consolation for Thanasi Kokkinakis after his defeat by Andy Murray: ‘You did us all proud Thanasi. It was an exceptional battle against a seasoned warrior. Keep fighting, you have so much talent, you will get there. Never give up,’ he said.

Australian legend Rod Laver offered some consoling words to Thanasi Kokkinakis

Australian legend Rod Laver offered some consoling words to Thanasi Kokkinakis



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