Andy Murray sets up David Ferrer Australian Open quarter-final
Andy Murray beats Bernard Tomic to set up an Australian Open quarter-final clash with David Ferrer
Andy Murray rounded off a brilliant day for British tennis as he made his way past Bernard Tomic and into the Australian Open quarter finals.
Earlier in the day Johanna Konta reached the last eight with victory over Ekaterina Makarova and Murray’s 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win means it is the first time since 1977 that Britain have a male and female in the quarter finals of the Grand Slam.
It’s been a trying time for the Olympic champion after his father-in-law Nigel Sears collapsed last week but there were no hints that his mind was on anything but the job in hand as he set about ousting the Australian.
Murray has never lost a tour match to an Australian and a break in the first game in Melbourne suggested his good form would continue.
Tomic did break back but Murray was too strong as he won the first and took full advantage of three set points in the second with a 12th ace of the match to give him a comfortable lead.
The Australian showed moments of class in the third as he pushed Murray to the tie-break but the Scot had too much as he set up a 19th career clash with Spain’s David Ferrer in the quarter finals.
“It was a tough match and both of us had our chances in the tie break. He fought right to the end and made it very tough for me,” said Murray.
“It was quite a scrappy match and I don’t think there was a period in the match where both of us were playing our best at the same time.
“The last few days were tough and there were a lot of emotions but it was good to get through today and hopefully rest up and I’ll be more relaxed in the next few days to get ready for the next one.
“It’s a tough match (against Ferrer) and he played a great match against Lleyton (Hewitt) in the second round and 100 per cent it’s not going to be an easy match and he makes you work hard.”