Murray speeds past Querrey

By for on
Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a comfortable 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win against American Sam Querrey.

Following six-time champion Novak Djokovic's shock defeat to Denis Istomin, Murray is now the clear favourite to finally win the title after five runner-up finishes. But he has plenty of tough challenges in his half of the draw first.

There were some concerns about Murray's ankle going into the contest, but it seemed to hold up well. Murray's form was impressive, his counterpunching and defensive skills able to counter the hard hitting of his opponent.

The stats back up his good form - a healthy 40 winners against 22 unforced errors, and success at the net with 23 out of 27 points won.

Querrey, ranked 31, started well. His characteristic aggressive play – marked by flat hitting and a booming serve – kept him on level terms early on. But the American missed the chance to move ahead in the eighth game, missing a forehand on break point.

Murray immediately responded with excellent defensive play in the next game, breaking with a perfect lob before closing out the set.

The top seed went on a tear afterwards, looking very much the best in the world as he won six out of the next seven games. He quickly wrapped up the second set with a double break lead.

The third set was more competitive, Querrey recovering from a break down to lead 3-2. But the top seed held firm in his remaining service games, turning up the pressure on return to break at 5-4 on route to a comprehensive victory.

Murray will play world number 50 Mischa Zverev in the fourth round.

January 20, 2017, 12:39 PM
By Tonedial

Youtube videos

That first video is insane - but Querrey really stuffed up the final volley. A product of Murray's relentless returning, I suppose.
January 20, 2017, 12:57 PM
By Joe

That first video is insane - but Querrey really stuffed up the final volley. A product of Murray's relentless returning, I suppose.
Insane yes, but in theory Andy had no right to get to that ball let along return it!  And I suspect that was what Querrey was thinking too so wasn't prepared for it.

A lot of other pure Murray Magic in this match, which was great to see.  Glad the ankle held up well, even if it was causing Andy some pain at the start which made him a bit tentative, but all the more reason to be grateful that this was a relatively short match, with of course a day's break, which should help.  With any luck Mischa shouldn't cause him too many problems, although they've only met once on the Tour, and that was in Munich 2015 with Andy winning in straight sets.
January 20, 2017, 04:58 PM
By Aileen

Nothing wrong with the ankle then!
January 20, 2017, 06:19 PM
By boogers

Thanks for the report  Katie  - it was good to read and also to see those stats, which I hadn't seen before.  I've only watched the final set so far (true to form Andy was broken just after I'd started watching!) but am looking forward to watching the rest, which I'd recorded.  It sounds like the ankle isn't a problem at all now - he just needs to be careful not to roll it again as I guess then it could become one.  That clip of Andy's get and Sam putting it in the net epitomises the gulf in class between them.
January 20, 2017, 06:46 PM
By Ruthie

Nothing wrong with the ankle then!
There certainly was if you saw what happened when he rolled over on it, although fortunately nothing as bad as RG 2011.  It's still a bit sore and stiff, but the main criteria seems to be that if you can put your weight on it, then it isn't likely to be anything serious.  As @Ruthie says though, the last thing he needs is to go over on it again.  I don't know if it was strapped today because Andy apparently doesn't like that, but I'd have thought some additional support would be in order, given that his current supports are lightweight, and there are plenty of ankle supports on the market.  His physio though is the best person to advise on that one, and Andy is usually receptive to medical advice, so who knows?

January 20, 2017, 06:56 PM
By Aileen

I read today that this was Andy's 48th win at the AO, which puts him fourth equal with Lendl and his hero Agassi.
January 21, 2017, 07:06 PM
By Ruthie

I read today that this was Andy's 48th win at the AO, which puts him fourth equal with Lendl and his hero Agassi.
Out of curiosity, do you know who the fourth player is? 
January 21, 2017, 07:15 PM
By Aileen

Out of curiosity, do you know who the fourth player is? 

Lendl, Agassi, Murray and Nadal all have 48 wins. Edberg 56, Djokovic 58 and Federer 83.
January 21, 2017, 09:13 PM
By Matthew2408

He will definitely pass a few more. I only realised the other day that Andy turned pro 2 years after Djokovic and I think 3 or 4 after Nadal. This could help with his longevity as a player
January 21, 2017, 10:30 PM
By tamila

I made this post along with a graph back in 2013. I believe it may well be what we are actually seeing now:

Will Andy possibly now on an average be better than Nadal and Djokovic for the rest of his career? If you look at this image I just made:

In red is the period that Nadal is better than both of them, in Yellow is the period that Djokovic is better than both of them, in blue is the predicted period that Andy will be better than both of them. Pink is where both Nadal and Djokovic is better than Murray, in green is where Djokovic and Murray are better than Nadal.

Obviously this graph is far, far from completely accurate or an exact science; for starters it doesn't factor in any ebbs or flows or different surfaces and it presumes that the 3 players are of equal maximum skill level and their progression of skill is identical. However.. if you were to follow an overall averaging of a player's ability over say an averaging period of 4 years you would expect to see it roughly follow some sort of curve. What I have always felt is that because Nadal and Djokovic started playing on tour before Murray, he was always playing catch-up to them; so yes Andy always kept improving but then Nadal and Djokovic did as well and since they always had a head-start like shown in the graph above they always stayed ahead of him. But now you would expect that the players will be going down the other end of the curve, so I believe it could well give Andy the big advantage over Nadal and Djokovic since they start to peak off earlier than Andy does.

If my graph is somewhat accurate it would mean Andy will continue to get better than Novak so he will create a gap where he will always (as an overall average) be a better player than Novak in the future, just as Novak has always been a better player than Andy in the past.

I believe we had that cross-over period last year where Novaks slope started to dip while Andy was actually still improving. I think Andy will keep improving even from here but only for a very little while as he is now I think very close to his peak,  and then he too will inevitably start to fall down the slippery slope just as Novak is now.
January 21, 2017, 11:00 PM
By laundry

Interesting observation and I know we have all hoped that Andy would get there - would be nice if the lateral timespan was the same as Nadal and DJ  - however given andy's age unlikely
January 21, 2017, 11:46 PM
By Thevalley

At least Andy has always taken good care of his body, which is more than Djoko and Nadal have, therefore could well go a couple of years more before starting the downward slide.
January 21, 2017, 11:58 PM
By Aileen

Sorry Folks nothing to do with this subject. I will be in Dubai and of course will try and see Andy. It is a 500 so I bought ticket's for the Wed. I believe that would be when seeds start to play. Anybody confirm that would be right.
Re his defeat I would agree it is fatigue and hangover from last year. I hope he does not play in DC he needs good rest. The other two lads could just do it along with bruv.
January 23, 2017, 05:45 PM
By starrieyed

^ It varies for 500s, but tops seeds usually start play on the Tuesday or Wednesday. For example, the last two years Andy has played R1 at Queens on the Tuesday as top seed and R2 on Thursday. Bit of guess work generally involved with these things when buying tickets. 
January 23, 2017, 05:51 PM
By amongsttheleaves

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