British number one Andy Murray pulled off an amazing late night victory in Melbourne today against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov to reach his sixth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final. Murray won the match, after the fourth set was extremely close and looked like a fifth set was inevitable until he won five games in a row, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5 and will now face Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals.
Home crowd favourite Kyrgios,19 who will be playing in only his second Grand Slam quarter final (he beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year in a shock defeat) will face Murray who will be playing in his 16th consecutive Grand Slam last eight. In his third round match Murray defeated Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-1, 7-5.
Scottish support for Murray in the Rod Laver Arena today (www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)
Roger Federer exited the competition after a shock third round defeat by Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) and Seppi was then defeated by Kyrgios in their fourth round encounter which had the home crowds roaring. Third seed Nadal and seventh seed Tomas Berdych will face each other in the other quarter-final match of the bottom half of the draw. Top seed Novak Djokovic, defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka and fifth seed Kei Nishikori will all play in their fourth round matches tomorrow along with Feliciano Lopez, Milos Raonic, David Ferrer, Gilles Muller and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Sharapova is through to the next round (www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)
In the Women’s draw, second seed Maria Sharapova, third seed Simone Halep, Eugiene Bouchard (7) and Ekaterina Makarova (10) are all through to the quarter-finals in one half of the draw. Sisters Serena and Venus Williams are both playing tomorrow in their fourth round matches along with Victoria Azarenka, Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco, Madison Keys, Madison Brengle, Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominic Cibuikova.
Murray’s older brother Jamie is through to the third round with his Australian partner John Peer in the Men’s doubles as our top seeds twins Bob and Mike Bryan.
their fourth round matches along with Victoria Azarenka, Garbiñe Muguruza, Madison Keys, Madison Brengle, Agnieszka Radwanska (6) and Dominika Cibulkora. Murray’s older brother Jamie is through to the third round with Australian partner John Peer (16) in the Men’s Doubles and so are top seeds the Bryan twins, Mike and Bob.