By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray defeats Gilles Muller in straight sets
- The Brit came through 6-3 6-2 at the Canadian Masters
- Murray will face Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter finals
Montreal, Canada- Andy Murray made light work of Gilles Muller to book his quarter final place in the Rogers Cup.
The Brit needed just over an hour to defeat the Luxembourgian 6-3, 6-2 and will face Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight. The Frenchman defeated Bernard Tomic in the third round.
Murray was put under pressure in the opening game of the match, finding himself at 0-40 in his opening service game. However the world number 46 could not take advantage of his early opportunity. Instead it would be Murray who dealt the first blow, breaking at 2-1 with a spectacular lob. The Brit would serve out the set to take it 6-3.
Muller’s fortune would not get any better with the change of shirt as the 32 year old would drop serve to love in the opening game of the second set. Murray was cruising and a double fault from his opponent would gift the double break. The Scot suffered a slight lapse in concentration when he dropped his serve the following game.
Muller would blow his chance to get back in the match as a third consecutive break would give Murray the chance to serve out the match. The 28 year old wrapped up a decent performance by successfully closing the match out on serve to book a quarter final place. Murray only made six unforced errors and was generally solid throughout the duration with only minor lapses- next up defending champion Tsonga.
The Frenchman defeated Murray on his run to the title in Toronto last year 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4. The Brit has since won their following two matches, including a straight sets win at the Davis Cup last month. Murray has an overall 11-3 head to head against Tsonga. The Frenchman has dropped only one set in his three matches so far.
Andy’s job for the was not quite done however. He had the awkward task of facing brother Jamie in the doubles a few hours later. This was the first time the Murray’s have faced each other at tour level. Andy was teaming with doubles veteran Leander Paes, whilst Jamie is with his familiar partner Jonathan Peers. It was a close contest but Jamie would claim victory over his brother 6-4, 7-6(9).
Murray is scheduled to face Tsonga at 1am Saturday morning. You can follow his progress via Live Scores