Australian Open 2015: Murray pleased with tactics in Dimitrov win

Andy Murray reveals his delight at battling past Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open

Andy Murray declared his delight at seeing his tactics pay off as he survived gruelling late-night contest against Grigor Dimitrov to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

The Scot triumphed 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 in three hours and 32 minutes at Melbourne park as he beat the man who knocked him out of Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage last year.

Murray, who will now face home favourites Nick Kyrgios in the last eight, was pleased with his overall display and paid credit to Dimitrov for his performance.

“I thought I played well,” said Murray. “I thought Grigor started the match extremely well. He came out very aggressive, very explosive.

“But it’s tough to keep that sort of level of intensity up. And then once I got myself into the match, I felt like I was able to dictate a lot of the points. I thought tactically I played a good match.”

The 27-year-old Scot continued: “I was disappointed with the 6-5 game I played in the second set. Also the tiebreak I made a few bad decisions. The third and fourth sets were good.

“I just fought hard at the end and he played a loose game when he served for the set. That was it.”

Asked about the prospect of facing Kyrgios in front of a partisan home crowd, Murray replied: “I think it will change the atmosphere. Obviously the crowd will be right behind him. Understandably so. They’re going to watch him play a lot of matches like this over the next 10, 15 years probably.

“It’s just something that I’ll have to deal with in my way. I’ve played a lot of matches. I’ve played in French Open against French players where the crowd can be very difficult. I’ve experienced it before, so hopefully I’ll deal with it well.”

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