Andy Murray produced an almost flawless performance to reach his first Australian Open quarter final as he squashed the challenge of American John Isner 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2.
Murray needed just over 2 hours to book his place in the quarter finals – after a tight first set that was decided by a tie break, Murray managed to get hold of the giant Americans powerful serve and was able to break three times in the next two sets to secure a 4th consecutive straights victory at this year’s Australian Open.
Murray will face the current Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals after the spaniard overcame Ivo Karlovic 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-4.
Murray’s serve remained unbroken the entire the match after his serve had been singled out for criticism in the lead in to the match. Though the Scot did need to save a crucial break point at the end of the first set to allow it to be decided on a tie break.
After the match Murray enjoyed his first on court interview with Australian TV interviewer and former player Jim Courier – Courier’s interviews often ending up in very random topics, though Courier joked that he would go easy on Murray since it was his first time. On the match Murray said,
I’m playing well – no question about that, I just need to play like I have been, and maybe a bit more if I want to win the tournament. I thought it was a really good performance, out of those unforced errors, probably three of them were in the 6‑5 game in the first set, and a couple early in one of my service games in maybe the second set.