Andy Murray will return to embrace the Melbourne Park crowd after two years. Two years after the extraordinary showdown with Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round, with which he had decided to hang up the racket, Sir Andy will again be present in the main draw of the first Slam of the season.
The British champion - five times finalist at the Australian Open, beaten in one case by Roger Federer and in the other four obviously by Novak Djokovic - was honored with a wild card by the organizers. "He has always been a player known for his fighting spirit, his passion and love for the game, so I'm delighted to welcome him back," explained Craig Tiley.
"I am really happy to be returning to play in Australia and I thank Craig and all the staff for the opportunity that I have been given again. I had some wonderful moments here and I can't wait to get back on the pitch," were the words used by 'Sir Andy' in an official note.
The Briton, who had had a new stop from his victory in Antwerp in 2019, collected respectable results during the season just ended. He took off the whim of overcoming a couple of rounds at the Championships, he pushed Stefanos Tsitsipas to fifth during the US Open, even in his best form - near the finish line - he even fought on equal terms with Alexander Zverev at Indian Wells.
Murray has already 'tasted' 2022 with the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, among other things. He got rid of his compatriot Dan Evans in the first round without too much difficulty, beat the returning Rafa Nadal - now positive for covid and obviously in danger for the Australian trip - before surrendering only to world number five Andrey Rublev, who still had need a long set to solve the practice and catch success.
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In a recent interview with Filo News, World No. 13 Diego Schwartzman opened up about Novak Djokovic's incredible gameplay. The Argentine said he feels as if Djokovic is "controlled by a joystick."
“Djokovic is something else, it’s like he’s controlled by a joystick. It’s very difficult to be able to sustain what he’s doing, the changes of directions. There comes a time when you can’t keep up with him,” said Schwartzman in the interview.
“The way he changes directions, at that high level of tennis, the changes in direction are difficult to think about. The ball is coming at 100 kilometers per hour," added the Argentine.