Night 6 live scores, updates, Novak Djokovic def Grigor Dimitrov, Andy Murray loses to Roberto Bautista Agut, blog, results, highlights

Novak Djokovic’s hamstring injury remains the biggest mystery hanging over the Australian Open – but it didn’t limit the nine-time champ enough to stop him making the fourth round.

Plus Andy Murray’s tournament has finally ended after yet another epic match, while Alexei Popyrin failed to claim a spot in the fourth round.

Catch up on Night 6 of the Australian Open in our live blog below!

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DJOKOVIC LIMPS INTO FOURTH ROUND

Novak Djokovic’s body is working against him. But his mind, and whatever’s still working below that, is enough for now.

If there’s such a thing as a grueling straight sets win, this was it, with the nine-time Australian Open champion forced to spend three hours and seven minutes on court before claiming a 7-6(7) 6-3 6-4 win over No.27 seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Djokovic came into the match with a hamstring injury and was clearly limited in Saturday night’s encounter – falling to the court, limping around and proving unable to run for balls throughout.

Yet even with his trademark movement limited the Serb did enough to continue his career-long dominance of Dimitrov.

The question now is whether Djokovic can continue to recover and get to a state where he’s fit enough to beat Australia’s energizer bunny Alex de Minaur in the fourth round, on what’s sure to be a Monday night clash on center court.

Fears over Djokovic’s hamstring injury grew louder pre-match after a picture of him practicing for the third-round clash with Grigor Dimitrov was revealed.

Djokovic was seen with much heavier tape up and down his leg as he prepared on Rod Laver Arena.

Aussie tennis great Wally Masur declared Djokovic was merely a “55-45 favourite” heading into the match.

But the Serb removed immediate fears about his injury in the opening game, becoming the first man to break Dimitrov’s serve all tournament.

“He just looks so well-balanced. That backhand down the line – man, he’s dialed in,” Aussie great Mark Philippoussis raved on commentary.

Dimitrov was able to save a set point thanks to a quality backhand of his own at 30-40 and 5-3, then a second off a strong second serve (long a flaw of his against Djokovic), and a third with an ace.

At one point Djokovic chose not to slide for a ball on his right side, perhaps due to his hamstring issue, and a few points later stopped mid-point after a worrying yelp, then limping somewhat.

Another scary stumble saw Dimitrov earn a break point at 30-40 – on which Djokovic received a time violation – and the Serb then sent a forehand long to give up the break for 5-5. It was the first time Djokovic had been broken all tournament.

“He’s definitely 20 percent off the boil from where he was,” Robbie Koenig said on commentary.

Novak Djokovic was sore and angry.
Novak Djokovic was sore and angry.Source: FOX SPORTS

In the ensuing game Djokovic gave up on the point totally twice, then complained about the previous time violation to the chair umpire.

“Good, good, good. good job First time in the entire set, break point, you give me a time violation. Right when I was about to throw up the ball. Well done,” Djokovic told John Blom.

Djokovic then had to save a set point at 30-40, doing so with an ace, then another with a body serve before forcing the tiebreak with his third ace of the game.

Just when things started to look bad, the nine-time champion lifted, taking a 5-2 lead in the tiebreak. It soon disappeared, with Dimitrov getting things back on serve, before the pair traded set point saves.

Eventually Djokovic’s fifth – the set’s eighth – came after a 23-shot rally. After 77 minutes, he came into the net (risking a passing shot) but managed to get a racquet on the ball, dropping it over for a 7-6(7) set.

He then collapsed to the court, exhausted.

Djokovic called for the physio and received work on his left hamstring during a medical timeout.

He had the first break opportunities of the second set in a lengthy fourth game, but Dimitrov was brilliant to hold – after one point leaving the Serb stretched out and sore on the floor. It took the pair 31 minutes just to reach 2-2.

Another break chance at 30-40 and 2-3, thanks to Dimitrov’s 10th unforced error of the set, which was claimed by Djokovic after a lengthy backhand rally.

From there the Serb cruised to a 6-3 set win and what suddenly felt like an insurmountable lead – even more so when he broke after an 11-minute opening game to lead the third set 1-0.

Summing up the match, Dimitrov gave up another break, then clawed one back – and then was broken to love as Djokovic limped to his bench.

A fourth consecutive break saw Djokovic double-fault on the actual break point.

But he had enough in his reserves to limp over the line from there.

Demon dominates in straight set win | 01:08

MURRAY DRAWN INTO ANOTHER EPIC

Andy Murray’s incredible reputation throughout the tennis world only grew larger on Saturday night, somehow fighting for another three and a half hours.

But in the end, the man with the metal hip simply couldn’t keep his miracle run through the Australian Open going.

Off the back of his ridiculous 4am finish against Thanasi Kokkinakis, Murray was always on the back foot physically against No.24 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, yet somehow dragged it out to four sets.

In the end though, in front of a hugely supportive crowd, Murray fell 6-1 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4.

“He’s left everything out there. He couldn’t have tried any harder today,” Laura Robson said on commentary.

Murray, who was spotted at Melbourne Park just four hours after he left the grounds following his second round match, faced the man who beat him here back in 2019 – when tournament organizers thought Murray was retiring and played a tribute to him post-match.

On Saturday night, the Scot lost 11 of the first 12 points to quickly fall behind 3-0, then was broken again before dropping the opening set 6-1.

Bautista Agut then got the opening break of the second set and consolidated for 3-1, with Murray looking very much like a man with a metal hip who has already played 10 hours of competitive tennis this week.

Yet Murray somehow recovered, perhaps due to an incredibly loud crowd in his favour, and in a tense tiebreak came back from 4-6 down, then took advantage of a bad error by the Spaniard on set point to win it 7-6(7 ).

Murray’s energy looked to be running out in a third set, won 6-3 by Bautista Agut, leaving the Briton needing to win a third consecutive five-setter to keep his tournament alive.

He managed to break for 2-0 to open the fourth set but immediately gave it back.

As the clock neared three and a half hours, Murray’s time in the tournament began to draw to a close, as he was broken to love for 4-5, giving Bautista Agut the chance to serve out the match.

“Bautista Agut not just breaking Murray, but breaking his heart as well,” the commentator said.

Murray got to 0-30 in the ensuing game

On the women’s side an upset was brewing with No.4 seed Caroline Garcia dropping the first set to unseeded German Laura Siegemund, though the Frenchwoman quickly recovered and took the ensuing sets and the match, 1-6 6-3 6-3.

Zhu Lin’s emotional post-match interview | 01:29

‘IT’S A CIRCUS’: USA STAR EXPLODES

Lucky loser Michael Mmoh blew up deluxe at the chair umpire in his all-American clash with JJ Wolf at a boisterous KIA Arena, begging chair umpire Simon Cannavan to control a rocking crowd he labeled a ‘circus’.
Mmoh led 4-2 in the opening set before a woeful collapse as world no.67 Wolf won the next four-straight games to win the set 6-4.

Mmoh made just six winners to 15 unforced errors. But instead of worrying about his poor play, he vented his frustrations in the umpire’s direction, saying: “You’re doing af***ing horrendous job controlling the crowd.

Michael Mmoh complains to the chair umpire.Source: FOX SPORTS

“Horrible! Are you doing a good job? Controlling this crowd? Are you doing a good job? Yes or no?

“Yes or no? Are you doing a good job controlling this crowd? Yes or no? Control this crowd! Where is the supervisor?

The umpire was heard saying: “I will do more if you want me to.”

Mmoh replied: “I want you to do a lot more. A lot more. Control the crowd! Control the damn crowd!”

As Mmoh walked back to court to begin the second set, he resumed his complaints, saying: “It’s a circus!”

Cannavan responded by addressing the crowd to call for respect.

“I could kindly ask you that the conversation level be lowered, please, as both players can hear what you’re saying, thank you,” said Cannavan.

But Mmoh’s horror collapse continued, losing the next five games before finally earning a hold to make it 5-1 in the second set.
He couldn’t find his way back into the match, however, as Wolf completed the rout 6-4 6-1 6-2.

Djoker advances despite hamstring scare | 01:12

STAR FUMES OVER ‘CHEATING’ AFTER CLAIMING UMPIRE ‘SLEEPING’ IN BIZARRE MOMENT

America’s Alison Riske-Amritraj explained exactly what went down in her dramatic doubles blow-up against a chair umpire on Friday.

Riske-Amritraj hit a ball into the body of an opponent and apologised, after the point, but umpire Nico Helwert bizarrely called a point penalty against her for hindrance (talking during the point).

Any replay would’ve shown Helwert was incorrect but he maintained his stance leaving Riske-Amritraj fuming.

“That’s f***ing ridiculous … is he sleeping?,” she fumed to a supervisor.

On Saturday she responded to a tweet about the issue, blaming the opposing player.

“She should have called it on herself & the umpire apologized for his incorrect ruling after, which I accepted,” she said.

“Poor sportsmanship and cheating happens all the time, especially at the junior level. Parents/players spend too much time, money & mental energy for that experience.

“As you can tell, I am extremely passionate about helping tennis’ future here. If you’re working on a compelling piece of line calling or VAR tech and need help funding/scaling please DM me.”

AUSTRALIAN OPEN NIGHT 6 – ORDER OF PLAY (All times AEDT)

Night session from 7pm

Rod Laver Arena

[4] Novak Djokovic (SRB) def [27] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 7-6(7) 6-3 6-4

Magda Linette (POL) vs [19] Ekaterina Alexandrova

show court 1

[24] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) defends Andy Murray (GBR) 6-1 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4

John Cain Arena

Ben Shelton (USA) def Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-3 7-6(4) 6-4

KIA arena

[4] Caroline Garcia (FRA) def Laura Siegemund (GER) 1-6 6-3 6-3

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