World No. 76 Facundo Bagnis was absolutely thrilled after stunning three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray at the Melbourne Summer Set. Bagnis, a former world No. 55, stunned Murray 6-3 5-7 6-3 to reach the Melbourne round-of-16.
“In the beginning it was a pleasure to play against Andy and right now to beat him is amazing. I'm really happy,” Bagnis said, per the Australian Open website. “Actually, every point in the match had amazing shots today… Yesterday, I came to see the stadium, to see it all around because the atmosphere is different when you play on any court outside… I enjoyed it a lot.
It was so good for me”.
Bagnis didn't let Murray clinch a comeback win
Bagnis saved two break points in the third game and one more in the seventh game, before claiming the first break of the match in the eighth game.
After claiming the first break of the match, Bagnis routinely served out for the opener in the ninth game. Murray blew an early second set break but broke Bagnis again in the 12th game to force a decider. Losing a tight second set didn't affect Bagnis, who claimed back-to-back breaks to finish the match on a five-game winning run.
Murray led 2-1 after the opening three games of the fifth set but Bagnis then dominated the rest of the match. “The beginning of last year was not so easy for me. I [had to] work a lot to come back to the top 100,” Bagnis said.
“I'm so happy to be here one more time. I think it [will be] a pleasure to play the main draw in the Australian Open. I try to ensure it every year because I'm [getting] a bit old, maybe. “I think we have an amazing opportunity to play big tournaments with the people enjoying in the stadium”.
Bagnis now faces another well-known player as he is set to battle former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the quarterfinal.