Murray into Quarters

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Andy Murray weathered a third set blip to move into the quarter finals of the Australian Open. The Scot beat France's Stephane Robert 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2 to set up a clash with Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Murray was in irresistible form for much of the first two sets, over-powering his opponent and dictating play. Such was the gulf in class that the Scot won ten of the first eleven games. Robert briefly stopped the rot at 4-0 in the second set but was unable to stop Murray from serving out for a two set lead.



To his credit the Frenchman continued to fight and managed to hold serve early in the third set. At 3-3 Robert saved six break points but when Murray cracked a backhand winner on the seventh the result looked a forgone conclusion.

Observers of Murray matches will know that they are rarely completely straightforward. Today was no exception as, inexplicably, the Scot suddenly lost his way. Serving for the match at 5-4, Murray dropped serve and had to fight his way into a tie-break. Robert started brightly, mini-breaking Murray twice to surge into a 4-2 lead. The Scot responded, winning four points in a row to earn two match points. Both were squandered, and it was Robert who converted his first set point.  Murray was incensed, smashing his racquet in disgust.

Robert's elation at taking a set was short lived, as Murray re-established control and cantered through the fourth set. The Scot broke twice and sealed the match on his sixth match point.
Good report and much appreciated!
January 20, 2014, 10:57 AM
By Caz

Love the dry humour in this report  a typical Murray match but thank heaven he won He'll have to do better against Federer
January 20, 2014, 11:08 AM
By benniebone

A fair and balanced report, thanks boogers.

All in all I think Andy did very well. I would have rather it been over in three, but given that Andy is not long back he is likely to have the odd blip. He just had it at the wrong time today.

The thing I was most impressed with, apart from the first, second and fourth sets, was how well Andy got it together again. In the past he might have got frustrated and down on himself, which could have lasted for points, or even a game or two, maybe more. There is none of that now. He smashed his racquet, fine, and then he went back to work, job done.
January 20, 2014, 11:38 AM
By teejay1

thanks for a good report.  I had to leave to get my train towards end of third set, thinking it was in the bag.  Then got a text saying not so and had to hang about the station as the wretched train was cancelled.  I know he was a lowly ranked appointment but I thought Andy on song for most of the first two sets and in the scheme of things it probably meant more to Robert to win a set against Andy Murray than it did to AM to lose a set against him.  Just hope he hasn't wasted too much energy before the Big One.
January 20, 2014, 01:19 PM
By Ruthie

Thanx for a gr8 report clap : In fact I think I would've been much more critical of Andy's play in the third set.
Crikey! That's a first!
January 20, 2014, 01:22 PM
By blueberryhill

A good report. I thought Andy played really well for nearly all the match. In the third set Robert began to hit winners left right and center. What impressed me was the way he came back and once again took charge of the match and won the set easily. I'm sure he will be able to put Fed in his place.
January 20, 2014, 02:09 PM
By michelle

Thanks Phil for a descriptive and concise report, it's exactly what I needed to know. clap

Federer it is then! Come on Andy, stamp your authority on the Swiss' forehead.  You can do it.
 cmon yeah cmon yeah
January 20, 2014, 02:41 PM
By lashurst

I left house after the second set with a feeling of confidence. Now I was a little surprised to see that the match went over four sets. Yet, the report described it as a minor detour and that made me relax. Therefore it is good to have somebody who puts the mere numbers into proportion. Thank you.
January 20, 2014, 03:39 PM
By counter_ puncher

Thanks for Match Report, boogs.
Alas, I discovered this morning that my TV coverage followed Fed/JW match, and didn't tune into Andy's until the TB in the 3rd. I was thinking all was well when I saw the scores in the 1st 2 sets, but then..

I'm glad he smashed his racquet and came out all business in the 4th. That's probably the biggest difference I see in Andy nowadays. I'm now confident that he won't carry over negativity into the next set, but gets his head down and gets on with it. This is what separates the men from the boys.

I'm also enjoying Lendl's relaxed, laid back look. And even smiling. shocking If he's not worried, then neither am I.

I won't get to see the rest of the AO, but I've set my PVR to watch when I come back.

Fed is playing very well, but I've every confidence in Andy. I think he's won the past 3 times against Fed?

All the best, Andy!! You've done so much more than I expected!

Hang on in there, MWers.. and enjoy the rest of the tournie.
January 20, 2014, 04:06 PM
By scotnadian

he gave his smashed raquet to a child who was with his Mum.
January 20, 2014, 04:51 PM
By iamabritt

Is it not time that Andy stopped smashing racquets. If one offends him that much he could throw it to one side and then donate it to a child who might grow up to be a tennis player  himself
 Its so childish to destroy things that fail to work for you
January 20, 2014, 05:01 PM
By benniebone

I like tennis player who show their anger by smashing their racquets, shows they give a toss and it also releases some pent up negative energy.

There are some extreme examples though which go to far, for example Youhzny who repeatedly headbutted his until he cracked open his forehead.
January 20, 2014, 05:27 PM
By The Gnome

I like tennis player who show their anger by smashing their racquets, shows they give a toss and it also releases some pent up negative energy.

There are some extreme examples though which go to far, for example Youhzny who repeatedly headbutted his until he cracked open his forehead.

That was not too far, that was brilliant, The Colonel on a rage.
January 20, 2014, 05:40 PM
By ProdigyEng

Thanks for the good report Boogers.  Andy's 3rd set blip was unfortunate, particularly his failure to take the tiebreak and seal the match when he effectively had it on a plate, but there's no doubt that by this time Robert had upped his game and was playing well above what his ranking might suggest.  The racquet smash didn't trouble me unduly because, having got the frustration out of his system, Andy got his act together again very quickly.
 
We should be used to Murray-coasters by now, but apart from the sloppy 3rd set I thought Andy played very well.  Given the fact that this is his first big tournament since he had back surgery I'm still quite impressed by his overall performance here and I really do think that ups and downs are only to be expected as he eases his way back to 100% form.  After all this is the player who less than four weeks ago didn't even know if he would be fit enough to play in the AO, and, having decided he would play, said he had no idea what to expect from himself, and neither did we.  Admittedly the draw has been kind to him so far but he's still performed a lot better than I expected him to, both on the physical and mental level, and reaching the QF is no mean feat.

I can only add that, once again, it was a pleasure just to watch him playing again knowing that he was free from the pain he had to endure for 18 months.
January 20, 2014, 05:40 PM
By Aileen

Is it not time that Andy stopped smashing racquets. If one offends him that much he could throw it to one side and then donate it to a child who might grow up to be a tennis player  himself
 Its so childish to destroy things that fail to work for you

So what would you prefer, Andy to dwell on the frustration, get distracted, which let's be honest he used to do at times, and get himself into a mess? Surely it's better to let the frustration out, even at the expense of the sacrificial racquet, and then move on.

At heart Andy is a perfectionist. That is what has helped to make him the player he is and helped him to win 2 slams and an Olympic gold medal (two slams, it still takes my breath away!). If the cost of that perfectionism is a racquet or two, so be it. I don't condone it, but for once I agree with Simon Reed in commentary, I do understand it, especially if he then moves on and plays better, which he did today.

Coincidentally, the person, a woman I think, Andy handed the broken racquet to, thanked him on facebook earlier on.
January 20, 2014, 05:54 PM
By teejay1

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jan/20/roger-federer-andy-murray-2014-australian-open-quarter-final

Well at least Andy's looking 4ward to this yay
Me  nervous already.
January 20, 2014, 05:56 PM
By blueberryhill

I see Russel Fuller saying that perhaps no bad thing that Andy was pushed more than expected today.  It still wasn't that long a match and it might have stood him in better stead for the match against smugfed than had it been a complete walkover.  I have no expectations of Wednesday as it would be remarkable if Andy could get to SF so soon after his op. That doesn't mean I won't hope nor that I won't be disappointed if he loses.  But we have to be realistic. Don't think I'll be able to watch.
January 20, 2014, 07:53 PM
By Ruthie

Thanks for the report, and it was an enjoyable match, even with the blip. I though Robert's attitude was great - before, during and after the match.

Interviews at http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/index.html
January 20, 2014, 08:01 PM
By Elena

I see Russel Fuller saying that perhaps no bad thing that Andy was pushed more than expected today.  It still wasn't that long a match and it might have stood him in better stead for the match against smugfed than had it been a complete walkover.  I have no expectations of Wednesday as it would be remarkable if Andy could get to SF so soon after his op. That doesn't mean I won't hope nor that I won't be disappointed if he loses.  But we have to be realistic. Don't think I'll be able to watch.

I agree Ruthie.  I had no expectations of Andy going into this tournie and if someone had told me 2 weeks ago he was going to get to the qtrs I would have been chuffed.  I too really hope he can go one better (especially bearing in mind who his opponent is) but if it's not to be then onwards and upwards there's plenty of the year left.
January 20, 2014, 08:16 PM
By Tessie

My thoughts exactly Ruthie and Teejay. Feeling very much like we are firmly back on the Murraycoaster.
January 20, 2014, 08:19 PM
By wimbledonwestie

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