Andy Murray hopes new racquet will boost vintage Australian Open, tennis news

Andy Murray held up his new racquet to great effect at the Sydney Tennis Classic tonight, alongside Norway’s Viktor Durasovic in a straight set game.

The 34-year-old won 6-3, 6-1 in the round of 16, securing a meeting with Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili tomorrow.

Murray’s victory was his second with what he called a “more forgiving” racquet, which has a wider frame and a wider sweet spot compared to one he has used throughout his illustrious career.

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“Last week was the first time I’ve played a game with a different racquet in 20 years,” Murray said after the win.

“I’m still getting used to it, but it’s really good to have my range here and I hope I can take it with me to Melbourne.”

The former world number one was a mainstay of the final stages of the Australian Open in its heyday, having been a finalist at Melbourne Park five times.

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Although he hasn’t made it past the third round of a major tournament since 2017, Murray believes he might have yet another run deep inside him.

“It’s a stretch. In my heyday it was tough enough,” he said of his chances of winning the Australian Open.

“I think I can have a good race there and who knows? “

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