4:05 AM FINISH!! Murray’s epic 5-set comeback
Follow live updates and scores from the Australian Open as the third round gets underway. Cameron Norrie is looking to build on Andy Murray’s incredible comeback on Thursday, as the 35-year-old defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis in five hours and 45 minutes. British No 1 Norrie faces the talented young Czech Jiri Lehecka.
It’s another big day for the American players at Melbourne Park: first Madison Keys faces Victoria Azerenka to kick off the night session on Rod Laver Arena, before the in-form Sebastian Korda takes on Daniil Medvedev, who continues his quest to reach a third consecutive Australian Open final. Earlier, Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula remain on a collision course after straight-sets wins, while Iga Swiatek was in impressive form to thrash Cristina Bucsa 6-0 6-1.
It comes after a dramatic Thursday, as top seeds including Ons Jabeur and Casper Ruud tumbled from the tournament. Novak Djokovic advanced, but there is significant concern surrounding the nine-time champion’s hamstring injury. Follow live updates and the latest scores from the Australian Open in our live blog below.
Australian Open 2023: Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 1-6 1-4 Jiri Lehecka* – Lehecka breaks!
This is incredible from the 21-year-old Czech, who storms to a double break in the fifth set. Norrie faced a pressure point at 30-30 but caught the net with a limp forehand. Lehecka is just hitting it so cleanly, and whips a forehand winner onto the line to take a huge step closer towards the fourth round.
Norrie is in deep, deep trouble.
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 08:31
Australian Open 2023: Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 1-6 1-2 Jiri Lehecka*
Norrie manages to stabilise – which he will take as Lehecka was looking confident and pushing for the double break at 30-30. Norrie will need to dig deep here as Lehecka is red-hot still in this fifth set.
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 08:21
Australian Open 2023: Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 1-6 0-1 Jiri Lehecka* – Lehecka breaks!
Remarkable. Lehecka steers a classy backhand winner down the line to take the opening break against the Norrie serve. What a turnaround this has been. Lehecka has won seven of the past eight games and Norrie now faces a huge fight to save his Australian Open campaign.
To make matters worse, Norrie has called for the trainer.
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 08:13
Australian Open 2023: *Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 1-6 Jiri Lehecka – Lehecka wins the fourth set!
Gutsy from Lehecka! As he tries to serve it out, Lehecka is faced with two break points. But he battles back and then produces the ace out wide to bring up his first set point.
Norrie goes long on the return and into a fifth we go!
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 08:06
Australian Open 2023: Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 1-5 Jiri Lehecka* – Lehecka breaks again!
Lehecka has really disrupted Norrie here, and the Briton is struggling with his second serve. Lehecka continues to attack Norrie’s uncertainty and the 21-year-old gets his reward with a double break.
He’ll serve for the set next.
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 08:02
Australian Open 2023: *Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 1-4 Jiri Lehecka
Lehecka saves break point to hold his serve, finally consolidating his advantage. Norrie is under pressure now to stop this match going to a fifth.
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 07:57
Australian Open 2023: Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 1-3 Jiri Lehecka* – Lehecka breaks again!
Wow! Lehecka with the shot of the match to wrap up a third consecutive break of serve! Norrie opened the door with a double fault but Lehecka marches through with a forehand winner down the line! The match turns again!
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 07:51
Australian Open 2023: *Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 1-2 Jiri Lehecka – Norrie breaks back!
Response from Norrie – and what a stunning forehand winner this is! This should deflate any momentum Lehecka wanted to create. Norrie first frustrated the Czech with an exchange at the net, and then whipped the forehand winner crosscourt on break point. Impressive.
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 07:49
Australian Open 2023: Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 0-2 Jiri Lehecka* – Lehecka breaks!
Lehecka does it again! He broke Norrie in the opening game of the second set, and repeats the trick in the fourth! Brilliant return play from Lehecka, going after the serve, and he sends Norrie scrambling across the court. Then, Norrie can’t clear the net on the forehand, as Lehecka gets in front once more.
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 07:47
Australian Open 2023: *Cameron Norrie 7-6 3-6 6-3 0-1 Jiri Lehecka
Norrie goes on the attack to start the fourth set and has an early look at 0-30, but the Czech responds with an ace and then a composed volley. Lehecka then puts away the forehand winner and follows it in well with a good play at the net. Nice save.
Jamie Braidwood20 January 2023 07:40