.Beats ‘Lucky Loser’ Robert In Energy-Sapping Game –
Andy Murray will face a tough test when he battles Roger Federer in the quarter final of the Australian Open.
Murray came through his first rocky moments at this year’s Australian Open on Monday, to beat French ‘lucky loser’ Stephane Robert in four sets and line up a heavyweight quarter-final with Federer.
The three-time finalist won 6-1 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 in two hours and 42 minutes to reach the last eight.
There he will meet Federer after the four-time champion swept past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.
Robert, ranked 119, was outclassed for the first two sets on a blustery and relatively cool afternoon at Melbourne Park, but took the third with a surge of form that saw a fuming Murray smash his racquet in frustration.
“I dominated 95 per cent of the match, and for 15 minutes didn’t close the match out”, said Murray.
“But I still created chances, even when I wasn’t playing so well at the end of that third set. And then the fourth set was fairly comfortable”.