Andy Murray practices ahead of Australian Open
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British tennis icon Andy Murray took to Twitter to taunt compatriot Liam Broady – despite the 28-year-old qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time. Broady defeated Russian Roman Safiullin 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 on Friday.
He joins fellow Brits Murray, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans in the men’s singles while Emma Raducanu, Heather Watson and Harriet Dart – who qualified on Friday too – will compete in the women’s singles.
Dart won 6-3 6-3 against Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell to book her place in the main draw.
Broady’s win means he will face home favourite Nick Kyrgios in the first round at Melbourne Park.
The Australian Open’s official Twitter account tweeted a video of Broady celebrating his win, kissing the court after securing the emotional result.
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Murray saw it as an excellent chance to taunt and poke fun at Broady, as the Scot advanced to the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic.
It means Murray retains third spot in the British rankings – and he ensured Broady was aware of the standings.
“But has slipped back to number 4 in Britain in the live rankings,” Murray wrote. “Tough.”
Murray fought back from a set down to beat Reilly Opelka 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-4.
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The 34-year-old let out a triumphant roar after converting his first match point to defeat the 25th-ranked American.
It is Murray’s first final since the 2019 European Open when he defeated Stan Wawrinka.
“It would be amazing to start the year with a trophy, but it’s already been a big week for me,” Murray said in his on-court interview.
“To string four results together like this is much more than I managed last year.”
Murray is currently ranked 135th in the world after struggling with injuries over the last few years but the Brit has looked good in Sydney.
Murray will face Aslan Karatsev in the Sydney final tomorrow.
The Russian ensured it would not be an all-British affair by topping Evans 6-3 6-7 (13-15) 6-3 in a semi-final clash that lasted a gruelling three hours and six minutes.
Evans saved three match points before going on to win an epic second-set tie-break but was left furious when Karatsev took a five-minute bathroom break.
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