Murray Reaches Last 16, Robson Suffers After Epic R2 Encounter

Blue Court

 By Ros Satar

Murray def Berankis 6-3 6-4 7-5

Andy Murray made his way into the Australian Open fourth round with another straight sets win, over Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, but it was not all plain sailing.

In another day of tricky conditions, Murray found himself battling the wind, and even had a grump at the Spider-Cam above him, on the way to a win against his occasional practice partner.

Berankis made things hard for the world number three, eventually finding his range after quickly losing his first two service games.

 

Timing seemed to be an issue for Murray, so there are still factors for improvement as he approaches the second week.

Murray’s quarter opened up nicely, as unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy defeated sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) in a tough five-setter.

In that same bracket, Italy’s Andreas Seppi also despatched a higher seed, Marin Cilic.

Murray will have to come through one of two Frenchmen – Gilles Simon (seeded 14th) or Gael Monfils to face either Seppi or Cilic in the quarter-final.

Stephens def Robson 7-5 6-3

Perhaps it was inevitable that Laura Robson would struggle against USA’s Sloane Stephens, after her epic R2 encounter, where she put out the eighth seed, Petra Kvitova.

Losing her first service game, and clutching her arm, Robson had to call the trainer out at the first change of ends/

The time out, which saw her get physio treatment on her neck and shoulder, and some pain-relief tablets from the doctor, saw her start to hit a little deeper.

Even though Robson was backing off a lot, not really consistently moving forward or taking balls out of the air, she settled and took three games on the trot and brought things back to 4-4.

Some of her service games were long and drawn out, saving break points but succumbed on Stephen’s third set point, losing the first set 5-7.

Robson took advantage of the set change of ends to get a little more treatment, but her serving was obviously not at full strength.

Stephens played consistently better, but tightened up considerably when serving for the set, failing to take advantage of a poor drop shot from Laura, to give up match point, hitting a volley into the net.

Stephens took the match on her second match point, and will put herself in the Top 20.

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