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Australian Open: Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios in last eight

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.

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Australian Open: Murray battles to exact Dimitrov revenge

He needed almost four hours, but Andy Murray finally saw off Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals and finally exact revenge for last year’s Wimbledon defeat.

Murray overcame a lacklustre start to fight back from 0-3 down in the first set before an early break in the second put Murray in control of the match. But a badly-timed double fault allowed Dimitrov to force a break and tie the score at 3-3.

Murray’s movement around the court soon put Dimitrov’s serve under intense pressure, forcing the Bulgarian to hold from deuce in two successive games, but the strain finally told as Murray broke his serve at 5-5 to give him another chance to serve for a set.

But another double fault gifted Dimitrov the game at break point and he took his chance, converting the third of three set points in the ensuing tie-break.

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Both players held comfortably deep into the third before Murray turned the screw as Dimitrov’s serve faltered. Murray held to love to break as Dimitrov smashed his racquet into the court in frustration.

Murray will face teenage sensation Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals after he fought back from match point down to beat Andreas Seppi in a five-set thriller.

Kyrgios delighted Melbourne spectators with a 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 8-6 win and Murray will have to compete with the feverous local crowd as well as the flamboyant 19-year-old.

“When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible. It was the best feeling I ever had,” said Kyrgios, who was nursing a back injury before the tournament started. “It’s crazy. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”

Murray will be able to draw on the last and only time he has faced Kyrgios, needing only 54 minutes to win in straight sets at the Rogers Cup last year.

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Tennis: Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios at Rogers Cup in Toronto

British No 1 cruises past young Australian 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the third round.

It took Andy Murray just 54 minutes on Wednesday to appear to unshackle himself of any lingering disappointment of his quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon last month.

It was Australia’s rising star Nick Kyrgios who was forced to endure the full frontal assault of Murray’s powerful revival as he crashed to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto’s Rexall Centre.

Kyrgios had made a name for himself at Wimbledon by defeating Rafael Nadal on the way to the quarter-finals, but the 19-year-old was painfully anonymous in the face of the most physically domineering game Murray had produced since his back surgery last December.

The memories of Murray’s meltdown during his Wimbledon exit to Grigor Dimitrov were eradicated as he battered the Australian with a powerful service game and booming return game on his first return to action since dropping to ninth in the world rankings.

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