Marinko Matosevic, who lost to Andy Murray in the second round at the Australian Open, believes the Scot has what it takes to win the men’s title in Melbourne.
Murray was in impressive form yesterday as he swotted aside Matosevic – who is nicknamed ‘Mad Dog’ because of his eccentric nature on court – 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in 102 minutes and his performance left a lasting impression on the Australian.
“He can go all the way, for sure,’’ Matosevic said. “His seed, (Martin) Klizan, got knocked out which helps for the next round, and although he has a really tough passage in the second week with (Roger) Federer, (Rafael) Nadal and whoever, I think he can do it. He can win it.
“That’s the best Andy’s played against me. He was good at the French Open when he beat me and went on to the semis and at Queen’s when he went on to win there and then Wimbledon, but this was pretty impressive. Andy’s one of the best right now.’’
Murray was due to face Klizan in the third round, but the No.32 seed struggled in the heat yesterday and retired at the start of the fourth set when trailing 2-1 to Portugal’s Joao Sousa, the world No.55. Murray v Sousa is scheduled on third on Hisense Arena and is expected to start around 3am British time tomorrow.