Job done for Andy Murray: the Brit made it to the semi final of the Australian Open in some style on Tuesday morning by beating home favourite Nick Kyrgios in straight sets.
Murray won 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in Melbourne against the 19-year-old Australian, and has now been installed as the new second favourite to win the Grand Slam behind Novak Djokovic.
This will be Murray’s 15th Grand Slam semi final of his career – but can he do even better and make it through to the final?
Nice work Andy Murray. pic.twitter.com/zCUC3PAmNk
— Clare Balding (@clarebalding) January 27, 2015
Murray will now play Tomas Berdych on Thursday morning from 8.30am, and if he comes through that challenge will compete in the final on Sunday 1 February, live on BBC as well as British Eurosport.
Czech player Berdych is training with Murray’s former coach Dani Vallverdu, and defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets on his way to the semi finals.
Murray’s main tournament rival is world number one Novak Djokovic, who plays his quarter final match against Canadian Milos Raonic tomorrow morning.
Assuming Djokovic comes through unscathed, he will have a semi final against either Stan Wawrinka or Kei Nishikori ahead of a possible Murray-Djokovic final on Sunday.
If Murray reaches Sunday’s final, this will be the first time he has reached a Grand Slam final since winning Wimbledon in 2013.
And, with Nadal and Roger Federer both out of the picture, the Australian Open could be a golden chance for Murray to get 2015 off to a flyer.
It's a shame it's happening so far away and at awkward hours, but Andy Murray's grand slam renaissance is quite something.
— Paul Sinha (@paulsinha) January 27, 2015
Keep up with Andy Murray’s progress and watch all the action from the Australian Open’s men’s singles here:
Stan Wawrinka v Kei Nishikori Wednesday from 3am British Eurosport 1
Novak Djokovic v Milos Raonic Wednesday 8.30am British Eurosport 1
Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych Thursday 8.30am British Eurosport 1
Men’s second semi final Friday 8.30am British Eurosport 1