Murray cruises into quarters

By for MurraysWorld.com on
Andy Murray moved into the quarter finals of the Rakuten Japan Open with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lukas Lacko today.

It proved to be a lot more straightforward than his opening match, with Murray breezing into the last eight in just 57 minutes for the loss of just three games. The Brit didn’t get broken once and faced only a single break point all match, courtesy of a couple of double faults.

In the first set Murray raced into a 5-0 lead, dropping just the two points. Lacko put up a small fight toward the end of the set – holding serve and earning a break point on the Murray serve – but he couldn’t prevent the breadstick and the defending champion was looking in complete control.

The Slovak put up a bit more of a challenge early doors in the second set, but he never really looked like causing the world number three any problems. Murray broke once in the third game and again in the seventh, before comfortably serving it out to book his place in the last eight without having dropped serve once.

The British number one will face the seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter finals, after the Swiss player saw off Jeremy Chardy in a two and a half hour thriller involving two tie-breaks. This will be the 12th meeting between the two, with Murray leading the head-to-head 7-4, including a straight sets win at the Olympics earlier this year. The match will be played on Friday.

Murray is also in action in the doubles on Thursday, where will he feature alongside brother Jamie as they look to defend their title. They face Jamie's old doubles partner Eric Butorac and Jarkko Nieminen in round one.
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Another good report despite having only livescore to go on.  I see you decided against a punning title then Luke.  Whistle
Onwards and upwards for Andy.  cmon yeah
October 03, 2012, 02:22 PM
By Ruthie

Thanks again MadHatter for your great report! Smile
October 03, 2012, 04:45 PM
By ChrisMac

When is the next match?
October 03, 2012, 05:12 PM
By Coldmarek

Great report.  Well done Andy.  Keep it up you know you can beat them all with your 'canny' tennis.
October 03, 2012, 05:15 PM
By tamila

When is the next match?
Will be Friday.
October 03, 2012, 05:56 PM
By TheMadHatter

Well played our Andy. clap
Onwards and upwards yay
October 03, 2012, 06:27 PM
By blueberryhill

Might be able to watch this one if it is not too early morning as Sky are televising from Thursday 3 p.m.
October 03, 2012, 08:24 PM
By janscribe

Many thanks to Luke and Andy! Didnt even get to  follow the Live scores 'cos of blooming work!
October 03, 2012, 09:42 PM
By lashurst

Might be able to watch this one if it is not too early morning as Sky are televising from Thursday 3 p.m.

3am, not pm.
October 03, 2012, 11:21 PM
By teejay1

Well done Andy! Hoping for similar results like last years Asian swing. Nice interview with Andy in todays i newspaper. Still got his feet firmly planted on the ground!! Says it still has not hit him about winning the U.S open.
I still have to pinch myself when i think about the summer he has had & will never tire of U.S open champion. Well until the A.O
October 04, 2012, 12:09 AM
By hugoagogo69

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