Andy Murray may have spent nearly six hours on Rod Laver Arena having finished his round 2 match against Thanasi Kokkinakis at 4am, but he was still able to crack an X-rated joke in his post-match interview. Murray and Kokkinakis put on a spectacle on Rod Laver Arena as the Scot prevailed 4-6, 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5 in a match that lasted five hours 45 minutes - the second longest in Australian Open history.
Murray and the tennis world were left rightfully frustrated with the finish time with the Scot now expected to play his round 3 match with less than 48 hours turnaround. Despite the drama, Murray was still able to show his trademark humour after the match.
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Speaking in his on court interview at 4.10am to an adoring crowd that stuck around to see the finish, Murray was given a compliment over the remarkable comeback.
"I don't know, unbelievable that I've managed to turn that around. Thanasi was serving unbelievable, hitting his forehand huge," Murray said. "I have a big heart."
John Fitzgerald dug himself a hole when he said: "Well Andy, you have a big everything, I think." Murray smiled before replying: "My wife might disagree."
The crowd erupted in laughter as Fitzgerald made it clear that wasn't what he was inferring. Regardless, fans around the world couldn't help but also smile at his humour.
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While Murray was in good spirits after his epic encounter with Kokkinakis, he did turn his attention to the 4am finish.
The match threatened the record for the latest grand slam finish which was a 4.34am epic in 2008 at Melbourne Park when Lleyton Hewitt trumped Marcos Bagdahtis. And the tennis world was quick to jump on the ridiculous scenes unfolding.
One moment in particular that prompted outrage was when Murray requested a toilet break. Murray was frustrated with the chair umpire after it appeared he wasn't allowed a bathroom break at around 3am in the morning in the fourth set.
"You know what, it's so disrespectful that the tournament has us out here till 3, 4am in the morning and we are not allowed to go take a piss. It's a joke," Murray said. Many fans around the world agreed with the Scot and called for a change to the night session. Murray spoke about the debacle in his post-match conference and said it wasn't just the players that were at a disadvantage.
"I don't know who it's beneficial for," Murray said. "Rather than the discussion being about an epic Murray-Kokkinakis match it ends in a bit of a farce. If I had a ball kid who is coming home at 5am I'm snapping at that; it's not beneficial for them, the umpires, the officials, I don't think it's amazing for the fans or good for players."
Murray will now take on Roberto Bautista Agut in round 3 of the Australian Open.
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