Murray dispatches Lopez

By for on
Andy Murray's Australian Open campaign continued with a straight-forward 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-2 victory over Feliciano Lopez. The Scot beat Lopez for the 8th time and will now face France's Stephane Robert - the first ever Lucky Loser to make the fourth round.

Murray's back continues to receive more attention than his game, but both held up well against the first serious test of the championship.

Lopez had come close to beating Murray the last time they met, at the US Open in 2012, where the Scot won in four close sets in searing heat and high humidity. The weather conditions were more benign today and Lopez showed no signs of repeating that performance.

After a cagey start in which both players dropped serve, the Scot earned four break points in game six and another two at 6-5. The Spaniard saved all six with big serves and aggressive play, but Murray was unfazed and cantered through the resulting tiebreak.

Lopez dropped serve in the opening game of the second set, folding under pressure and hitting a double fault on break point. This was enough for the Scot, who remained untouched on serve. Lopez briefly threatened at 5-4, 15-30, sending a lob high and deep but Murray was alert to the danger. The Scot chased it down before executing an audacious over-the-shoulder shot down the line.

With the comfort of having two sets under his belt, Murray started to hit out. Lopez withered and the Scot broke serve twice and hit 11 winners to seal the match in a little over two hours.

This was the first real test of Murray's form and fitness, and he acquitted himself well.
A very fair report. I'm getting fed up with the Coms obsession with Andy's back, and making something from nothing every time Andy pulled down his top. Andy isn't bothered about his back. He will be looking to move on and put on a good showing against this next French opponent.
January 18, 2014, 08:43 AM
By michelle

I agree a fair report and thanks for producing so quickly.  Perhaps unduly influenced by the wretched comms I was pretty anxious the first few games as there was no power in his serve or shots.  But seeing how Andy took charge of the tie break gave me renewed hope and after that there were some real flashes of murray magic.  Worth getting up before 5am for.  Am wondering whether Andy's mind had partly been on Ross/Colin and Jamie's losses in the dubs at the outset given what he said after the last match about his concern for Jamie?  Nice post-match interview too.
January 18, 2014, 08:47 AM
By Ruthie

Thanks for the report Phil.  clap  Good title clap

I watched the match and was very encouraged with Andys' handling of it. He took charge when he needed to, his serve was good.  1st serves in 64% and 1st serve points won 86%.
Just 4/11 Break points won though and 30 UFE, so he'll be looking at these aspects on the way to the anticipated QF.
 His next opponent wont help him prepare for whats to come if the form of Rafa, but he'll avoid a 5-setter at least.
January 18, 2014, 10:23 AM
By lashurst

Thanks for the excellent report. It was a good match for Andy as he put himself in control of whatever was bothering him in the first set and is another step following surgery on the trail to playing and winning against the likes of Novak and Nadal. Rafa's match against Monfils shows only too well the hard, aggressive, accurate play he will be up against.
January 18, 2014, 10:34 AM
By janscribe

I woke up at 5 (it's my internal clock ..Smile) so was able to see the match. he played a bit defensive and was grumbling a little too much. The result and the next round opponent is fine so roll on!!
January 18, 2014, 10:40 AM
By flowerpower

Thanks for the report   Able to listen to the radio and laugh at the comms saying how cold it was in Melbourne as the rain lashed my windows and the gales whistled round the roof they don't know they're born!

Well done Andy into the last 16 Hope he recovers okay from his first really testing match
January 18, 2014, 11:01 AM
By benniebone

Well, said I'd be happy if Andy got to  second week and I am ecstatic  yahooo All the rest is icing  wub
Ta 4 report boogers  clap
January 18, 2014, 11:21 AM
By blueberryhill

Assuming he gets through the next round. If he has to lose after that, my preference would be for Tsonga not Federer to beat him. Federer would assume it's because he is brilliant but Tsonga would regognise it would be because Murray is still on the way back.
January 18, 2014, 12:04 PM
By Masaka

Assuming he gets through the next round. If he has to lose after that, my preference would be for Tsonga not Federer to beat him. Federer would assume it's because he is brilliant but Tsonga would regognise it would be because Murray is still on the way back.
I'm not really fussed, to be honest.  For me it's about how Andy plays - not who he wins against. 

I get a bit fed up of the Roger bashing.  The man has achieved so much and a lot of the time I just think it's sour grapes on a lot of peoples' part to have a go.  Yes - he can come across as arrogant - so what?  Andy comes across as being dour, but we all know that isn't who he is, really.

Anyhoo - really chuffed with the comeback and reaching the last 16 and second week.  As BBH says - anything else is icing... Smile
January 18, 2014, 12:13 PM
By Elly

Well Andy has the easiest 4th round match anyway Smile
January 18, 2014, 12:39 PM
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