Score and latest updates from Sydney Tennis Classic

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of Andy Murray’s last-16 match at the Sydney Tennis Classic, against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

Amid the continuing furore around Novak Djokovic, his Australian Open medial exemption and the ‘will they, won’t they’ of his visa, there is actually some tennis going on!

The Sydney Tennis Classic is the final warm-up before the Australian Open kicks off on Monday – and Britain’s greatest living tennis player could book his place in the quarter-finals with a win over Basilashvili today.

Yesterday, Britain’s best female player, Emma Raducanu, was, frankly, hammered, in her match at the very same tournament. It was an ego-bruising return to the court for the US Open champion, who experienced her first ‘bagel’ set on tour in a 6-0 6-1 loss to Elena Rybakina, but she remains confident that she can “brush off” the crushing defeat, in which she won just a single game in her first match of 2022.

Fellow Briton Murray had an easier time in his round of 32 match against Norwegian qualifier Viktor Durasovic, cruising to a 6-3 6-1 win.

The three-times Grand Slam champion suffered defeat in his first match of the season against Facundo Bagnis in Melbourne but looked in fine touch against Durasovic, who was forced into a number of errors by the Murray backhand.

The former world number one has accepted a wild card for the Australian Open, three years after intimating he may have played his last game due to impending hip surgery.

Murray, who produced a strong performance from the baseline to outclass Durasovic, said in his on-court interview: “It is really nice to get my range and hopefully I can carry that through to Melbourne.

“I was hoping to get matches in Melbourne last week, but that didn’t happen. Thankfully the tournament organisers agreed to give me the wild card and the opportunity to play here and I am very grateful for that.”

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