Andy Murray delivered another comprehensive performance to beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 and advance to the quarter finals at the Australian Open.
Melzer's victory over Baghdatis in the previous round will see him enter the top ten for the first time next week, but gulf in class between the Austrian and his Scottish opponent was immense. Pre-match Melzer talked up his chances, promising to dictate play and push Murray around. Unfortunately for the Austrian that fighting talk was about as good as it got.
After Murray had claimed an early break and then promptly dropped serve it looked as if the bleary eyed 3am TV crowd were in for a nerve jangling time. Happily for them, this early blip was quickly forgotten and the Scot proceeded to dismantle every aspect of his opponents game.Read more (167 words)
Murray was seemingly able to break at will, reading Melzer's serve perfectly and converting a total of 7 times. The Scot had ocassional wobbles on his own serve but, bar the early first set blemish, was able to snuff out any break back chances.
The first set was at least competitive. The second and third were one sided domination. Melzer's pre-match promise to dictate play was turned on it's head as Murray forced the pace, alternating brick-wall defence with bludgenoning groundstrokes.
Melzer had no answer to this. When the enraged Austrian dashed his raquet into the ground at 3-1 in the second set, the only surprise was that this particular code violation had taken so long.
To his credit, the Austrian fought to the end, but he was unable to prevent Murray from serving for an ultimately highly impressive victory.
Next up is Alex Dolgopolov, the shock vanquisher of number four seed Robin Soderling. This match will be played on Wednesday morning, exact time to be announced.