Britain’s Andy Murray ended the run of home favourite Nick Kyrgios with a brilliant display to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.
Murray, 27, outsmarted the 19-year-old to win 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 and set up a clash with Tomas Berdych on Thursday.
Kyrgios threatened a comeback in the second set tie-break but two superb lobs helped the Scot to a crucial lead.
The sixth seed is through to his fifth Australian Open and 15th Grand Slam semi-final.
In the last four he will take on seventh seed Berdych, now working with Murray’s former coach Dani Vallverdu who left the Briton’s team in November.
While Berdych enjoyed a landmark win over Rafael Nadal in his quarter-final, Murray overcame the great new hope of Australian tennis – and a packed and expectant crowd on Rod Laver Arena.
“I didn’t go into it obviously thinking like that,” said Murray about facing the home favourite.
“I was just trying to win against Nick, which was tough because he has an exceptional serve and makes it very difficult for you when he’s serving.
“And it was very tricky conditions as well, so I was quite happy with the way I handled everything tonight.”
The dominant force from the outset, particularly on serve, Murray used a variety of spins and angles to keep Kyrgios off balance.
When Kyrgios did suggest a fightback, the Briton was able to find a big serve or a winner to halt the momentum.
Two terrific lunging returns set up a break point in game six and a sliced backhand drew the error when Kyrgios went for too much.
On a cold and breezy evening, the home crowd needed their man to bring a bit of heat to the contest and, after saving an early break point in the second, he worked his way into the match.
A tie-break was required and Kyrgios looked likely to take it when he turned around a 2-0 deficit to lead 4-3 with a break, but Murray played a magical forehand lob to wrestle back the initiative.