On Tuesday, Andrey Rublev defeated Dominic Thiem, who was entered with a wild card, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Australian Open second round.
Thiem, a runner-up at the Australian Open in 2020 and won the US Open winner that same year, missed much of 2021 with injuries. However, he has recovered from finishing outside the top 350 last year to just inside the top 100 this year. The organizers of the tournament granted him a wild-card entry.
“When you see you have to play against Dominic, you know it’s not going to be easy. I know he’s going through some not easy times so I wish him all the best to come back to the level he can be as fast as possible,” Rublev said.
Rublev will face either Max Purcell, an Australian qualifier, or Emil Ruusuvuori, a Finn.
Midway through the second set, Thiem received treatment to his abdominal muscles, but he said it wasn’t serious and that his performance didn’t discourage him.
“This tournament doesn’t change anything because I just had a really tough opponent,” he said. “I hope that I can improve the results at the South American clay.”
Later on Tuesday, Andy Murray defeated Matteo Berrettini, winning 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (10-6) in more than four and a half hours. This was Murray’s biggest victory in years.
“I’ll be feeling this — this evening and tomorrow,” the 35-year-old Murray said. “But right now I’m just unbelievably happy. Very proud of myself.”
The three-time major champion had not lost to a player ranked in the top 20 at a Grand Slam tournament since 2017.
In the 2017 Melbourne semifinals, Grigor Dimitrov defeated Aslan Karatsev 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-2. Laslo Djere will be his opponent in the second round.
Tuesday saw the advancement of No. 8 Taylor Fritz, No. 9 Holger Rune and No. 12 Alexander Zverev.