Andy Murray despite producing a top drawer performance produced yet another straight sets victory against Frenchman Florent Serra. The Scot winning in under two hours 7-5 6-1 6-4.
He will next face American John Isner in the fourth round.
Murray started the match well racing into a 3-0 lead, though some sloppy play allowed Serra back into the match and he eventually had work hard to avoid the set going to a tiebreak.
The second set was a walk in the park with Murray conceding just 1 game and despite a dip of form in the third the world number 4 was able to snuff out the challenge of Serra to record his 3rd consecutive straight sets win at this years Australian Open.
This is the third time Murray has reached the 4th round at the Australian open after being beaten at the same stage in 5 sets by Fernando Verdasco in 2009 and in 5 sets by Rafael Nadal in 2007, his two other Oz open adventures seen him lose in the first round to eventual finalist Tsonga in 2008 and Juan Ignacio Chela in 2006.
Murray’s opponent in the 4th round this time, 33rd seed John Isner, beat the 12th seed Gail Monfils 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) in his third round match.
After Murray’s match he spoke to reporters,
The first set was a bit closer than it needed to be. I had chances to go 4-0 up, didn’t take them, and he started to get into it a little bit, But to win in straight sets is really important. Especially the second set was good. – Isner is tough, he won last week and beat Andy Roddick at the US Open. He is 6’9″ and causes people problems.