Andy Murray reeled off another comprehensive victory today, thrashing the 11th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-1 to secure his ninth consecutive win in the Sony Open Tennis tournament as he moved into the quarter finals.
It was a very solid performance from the Brit who was completely dominant on serve, with Tsonga failing to bring up a single break point all match. The Frenchman was looking like making a game of it in set two, but Murray found another gear and never looked back, winning 15 of the last 16 points as he romped into the last eight.
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A strong start from the Brit saw him break as early as the third game; dragging Tsonga all over the court and waiting for the Frenchman to fire a wild forehand out of court – which he obliged, repeatedly. A love hold for Murray made it 3-1 and the Scot quickly carved another couple of break points in the next game.
But Tsonga saved the first with a stunning whipped forehand that caught the line, and the Frenchman finally seemed to come to life, saving the second with an ace and then fending off another three before holding as he looked to get back into the contest. But the Brit was serving very well and Tsonga was struggling to so much as make a dent in his service games, as Murray steadily edged towards taking the opening set.
There were worrying signs for Murray when he called for the trainer a few games later, asking for some anti-inflammatory painkillers. But it appeared to be only a minor hindrance, as the sixth seed returned to court to hold to love, before another straight-forward hold minutes later secured the opening set 6-4.
The two shared holds early in set two before Murray made his move in game three - again. Tsonga saved one break point with a brilliant pass, and looked to be gaining confidence as he hit a thundering forehand for game point. But the Wimbledon champion dug his heels in, and managed to bring up a couple more break points before finally sealing the breakthrough with a drive volley winner.
A wild forehand from Murray gave the Frenchman an opening in the following game at 15-30, but suddenly Murray shifted a gear and stormed completely out of sight – winning the next 14 points in succession to race into a 5-1 lead. An explosive forehand winner helped the Brit towards three match points and he sealed the match on his second to complete a very commanding victory.
The win sends Murray into the quarter-finals where old foe Novak Djokovic awaits, who earlier edged out veteran Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-5.