Murray Mashes Melzer in Melbourne

Australian Open Tennis 2011For the 4th match in a row, Andy Murray produced some of his best tennis to reach the quarter finals for the second time at the Australian Open.

Murray powered through his 4th round match with 11th seed Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-1 6-1 in a 103-minute demolition.

So far in the tournament Murray has dropped just 22 games, that’s just 5 and half games per match, less than 2 games per set! No player has taken more than 3 games in one set and the most games he lost in one match was 7.

After his successful performance today he spoke to the worlds media,

I am very pleased. It was a match expected to be difficult but I was intense from the start and I dictated a lot of points on my forehand and didn’t make many mistakes. It was quite windy and I didn’t want to get behind in any of the sets. I enjoyed it in the end and it was one of those matches where everything I hit went right. If I keep playing like I am I will give myself a good chance to win matches. It was one of the best I’ve played but I need to be switched on for the next match.

It’s in the nature of British journalism to over hype performances, but today’s win for Murray was perhaps one of his greatest ever grand slam displays. Jurgen Melzer is a man in form, he reached the French Open semi-finals last year and will move up to number 10 in the world rankings next week. But Murray brushed him aside like he was a lowly ranked “also ran”. Murray racked up 30 winners and just 10 unforced errors.

Murray will now play Alexandr Dolgopolov in the quarter finals. The Ukranian, who is playing in his first Aussie Open knocked out 4th seed Robin Soderling in five set. He is currently ranked at 46 in the world, but will now climb the rankings next week regardless of his quarter final result with Murray.