Australian Open 2011: Andy Murray through to round four
British No1 breezes past Guillermo GarcÃƒÂa-LÃƒÂ³pez in straight sets to set up clash with Jurgen Melzer
British No1 Andy Murray strolled into round four of the Australian Open after demolishing the 32nd seed Guillermo GarcÃƒÂa-LÃƒÂ³pez in straight sets.
The world No5’s variety, athleticism and power proved simply too much for the Spaniard as Murray sealed a convincing 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory. “It was a very good match,” Murray said. “He’s a tough player but I played well. I didn’t give him many chances on my serve so I’m happy.
“My intensity has been good so when I play the tougher matches I think I’ll be ok. If I can keep up my intensity I’ll have a good chance.”
Murray added: “I have played very well in every match. It is difficult to concentrate for long periods in this heat. I’ve won my matches in straight sets but it’s definitely a lot harder than the scoreline suggests.”
In the second point of the match GarcÃƒÂa-LÃƒÂ³pez stunned the crowd with a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhot-dog’ shot before racing to 40-0 up, but Murray hit back to break in the first game and crushed his opponent in under an hour-and-a-half.
Murray has been working on his serve during the brief off-season and is clearly benefiting from his endeavour, keeping his first serve above 60 per cent throughout the match to restrict GarcÃƒÂa-LÃƒÂ³pez to few opportunities.
Murray’s victory sets up an intriguing last-16 tie against the ever improving Jurgen Melzer after the Austrian defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, 4-3 when the Cypriot had to retire with a hand injury.
World No1 Rafael Nadal joins Murray in round four after he was made to fight against teenager Bernard Tomic before prevailing after a second-set scare 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.
The 18-year-old Australian played with no fear and attempted to dictate the rallies. He raced into a 4-0 lead in the second set, but Nadal dug deep and responded with some superb counter play.
Nadal was clearly impressed by his opponent. He said of Tomic: “He is improving every year, and he has every chance of being in the top positions very soon. I’m sure he is going to be a big rival.”
He added: “I have to player better if I want to get into the qarter-finals, I have to be more aggressive and hit the lines more. At the moment I’m hitting too straight.”
Elsewhere, Robin Soderling continued to punish opponents as he swept aside Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, whilst firing down 33 aces.
And Canadian Milos Raonic produced the upset of the day. The 20-year-old, who has a career-high ranking of 152, defeated Mikael Youzhny 6-4 7-5 4-6 6-4 and will now play seventh seed David Ferrer.
Marin Cilic eventually prevailed over Wimbledon marathon man John Isner 4-6, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6, 9-7, and 2008 runner-up Jo Wilfried Tsonga crashed out against the unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.