Murray into Quarters

By for on
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.
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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

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