(Championspk)Tennis – Andy Murray is through to the quarter finals of the Australian Open, but not before overcoming a lapse in concentration in the third set against 33 year old lucky loser Stephane Robert on Monday in Melbourne.
Murray seemed to be coasting along for a straight sets win, winning the first two sets and going up a break in the third set. But Roebrt, ranked outside the top 100, made it into a fight as he clawed his way back to take the third set in a tie-breaker.
Murray finally managed to close out the match in the fourth set 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2 and reach the last eight for the fifth year in a row at the year’s first grand slam. Murray will play Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next for a place in the semi-finals.
Murray commented after the match, “I dominated 95% of the match, and for 15 minutes didn’t close the match out. I was one point away from being in here and that being in here after a great performance to playing 15 minutes not perfect. But still created chances, even when I wasn’t playing so well at the end of that third set. And then, yeah, the fourth set was fairly comfortable. You know, I lost my serve once. I think he only had breakpoint on my serve in two games in the match possibly. So it was pretty good for the most part.”
This has been the best week of Robert’s career – he will earn his biggest paycheque and also reach a new career high in the rankings next week