By Nigel Graber
Since this is Australia, where Marmite is Vegemite, Andy Murray could be said to have vegemised Nick Kyrgios today in the Australian Open quarters. Love him or hate him, the young Aussie at least kept the crowd entertained as Murray breezed through 6-3 7-6 6-3.

Murray’s tactics were to keep the ball low in the wind that played around the Rod Laver Arena and to hit off pace to the belligerent 19 year old. Apart from a spell in the second set when the Aussie rallied, they worked a treat.

Kyrgios has talent, but there is work to do if he is not to be seen merely as the showman he professes to be. Tweeners and tantrums don’t win you grand slams.

The match opened with Murray looking solid and serving like a dream. The Scot continually ...
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By Nigel Graber
On a day when it seemed easier to put pedal to metal and cruise to victory, Andy Murray today took the scenic route into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, wending his way past Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4 6-7 6-3 7-5.

A sluggish start saw Murray, who throughout looked as calm and composed as a monk meditating by a millpond, slip to a 0-3 deficit. But the Scot began to get more purchase on the ball, driving hard, deep and wide to level at 3-3.

At 4-4, 30-30 on his own serve, the Bulgarian drove an errant forehand down the line. Then, on the second of some 19 break points that Murray would enjoy on an unseasonably chilly Melbourne evening, he clipped away a forehand to seal the break. The Brit held without drama for a 6-4 first set.
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By Luke Sefton
Andy Murray survived a late resurgence to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 win against the world 55 Joao Sousa today.

For two and a half sets the three-time finalist was in a league of his own on Hisense arena, but a small wobble in the third set gave Sousa the chance to make a match of it before Murray eventually clinched it after just over two hours on court.

Sousa came out firing, regularly attacking the Murray second serve as he looked for an early foothold in the match. But the Brit fended off the early danger, saving a break point at 1-1 thanks in no small part to some savvy serving.

And the sixth seed came alive in the next game, bringing up his first break point with a couple of...
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By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray progressed to the third round of the Australian Open with a routine 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Marinko Matosevic.

The gulf in class between the Scot and his Australian opponent was obvious from the start. Murray cantered into a 5-0 lead in under 15 minutes, seeing out the set for the loss of just one point on serve and one unforced error.

The second and third sets were slightly closer affairs, but Murray quickly found another gear when he needed to. Moments of danger were few and far between. A brief wobble at 4-1 in the second set was quickly arrested, and a break point in the middle of the third was saved.

The Scot's shot making and movement were exemplary, with the cross-court forehand particularly impressing. The ...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray proved too strong for Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri on the opening day of the Australian Open, winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in the newly refurbished Margaret Court Arena. It was a solid opening match for Murray who served and returned well, hitting 13 aces and 40 winners in the two hours and 13 minute encounter.

22-year-old Bhambri is currently ranked 317th in the world but had a career-high ranking of 143 last February before being sidelined by injury for five months. His aggressive game certainly made things tricky at times for the sixth seed, who did well to recover from a 1-4 deficit in the third set.

Murray took the initiative early on, breaking to take a 3-1 lead. But a poor volley put him back on serve in the seventh game. He...
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By Nigel Graber
If Andy Murray is to lift the Australian Open trophy on the 1st of February, he’s probably going to have to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in successive rounds to do so.

The tough proposition results from the Scot’s world ranking of six, which puts him at risk of facing members of the top four from the quarter-finals onwards.

If the sharp end of the men’s singles looks especially jagged, Murray can at least look forward to a relatively benign opener against a qualifier.

From there, he’ll likely face Aussie Marinko Matosevic and then the dangerous Martin Klizan in round three. Murray could then play Grigor Dimitrov, the man who ended his Wimbledon reign last year, in the round of 16.

Murray’s route ...
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