AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Murray Reaches Fifth Consecutive QF in Melbourne
by ATP Staff|
Fourth seed Andy Murray advanced to his fifth straight quarter-final at the Australian Open with his 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2 defeat of Frenchman Stephane Robert on Monday.
Murray hit 48 winners and served at 62 per cent during the fourth-round encounter. The Scot looked to be in charge until the third set, when Robert pushed the 2013 Wimbledon champion to a tie-break. Murray failed to convert two match points in the decider but regrouped in the fourth set to secure the victory in two hours and 42 minutes.
"I dominated 95% of the match, and for 15 minutes didn't close the match out," Murry said of being pushed to four sets. "But I still created chances, even when I wasn't playing so well at the end of that third set. The fourth set was fairly comfortable... So it was pretty good for the most part.
"I said at the start of the tournament, I can't honestly say my expectations are as high as if I'd been playing for the last four months. It's been a good effort so far to get to the quarter-finals of a slam this soon after back surgery. So I'm happy with that. But I'm not far away from winning the event. Anyone's that's in the quarters is close."
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The 26-year-old Murray next plays No. 6 Roger Federer, whom he leads 11-9 in their Fedex ATP Head2Head series.
In 2013, Murray lost his third Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2. He also finished as runner-up in 2010 (l. Federer) and 2011 (l. Djokovic).
Robert, ranked 119th in the Emirates ATP Rankings, became the first lucky loser to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open. The 33 year old gained entry into the main draw after Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew from the event with a left hamstring strain.