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Andy Murray credits 'big heart' for epic Australian Open win

Andy Murray credits 'big heart' for epic Australian Open win

Andy Murray believes his "big heart" helped him win another five-set epic at the Australian Open.

The Brit came back from two sets down to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round of the Grand Slam in an extraordinary contest that lasted five hours and 45 minutes and was at a loss to explain how he pulled off the turnaround.

Murray said: "It was unbelievable that I managed to turn that around.

"Thanasi was serving unbelievable, hitting his forehand huge and I don’t know how I managed to get through it.

"I did start playing better as the match went on and, yeah, I have a big heart."

The former world number one drew on his experience of gruelling matches to win his second consecutive marathon contest in Melbourne.

He said: "I just rely on that experience, that drive and that fight for the game, competing, my respect for this event and the competition - that’s why I kept going.

"I’m aware I don’t look particularly happy when I’m playing a lot of the time. But that’s when I’m happiest on the inside.

"I’ve always loved competing. I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve and shown my emotions when I play. I’ve been criticised a lot for it over the years for it but that’s who I am."

The match finished after 4am in Australia and Murray says it was a "farce" that play was allowed to go on so late.

He said: "I don't know who it's beneficial for. We come here after the match and that's what the discussion is, rather than it being like, 'Epic Murray-Kokkinakis match.' It ends in a bit of a farce.

"Amazingly people stayed until the end, and I really appreciate people doing that and creating an atmosphere for us. Some people obviously need to work the following day and everything.

"If my child was a ball kid for a tournament and they're coming home at five in the morning, as a parent, I'm snapping at that. It's not beneficial for them. It's not beneficial for the umpires, the officials. I don't think it's amazing for the fans. It's not good for the players."

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