Andy Murray had few hassles in booking his Australian Open semi-final spot on Tuesday in Melbourne. Murray defeated local lad Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in two hours and five minutes at the Rod Laver Arena. The Scot was superb in winning 80% of the points of his first serve.
The sixth seed will meet Tomas Berdych in the final four, after the Czech eliminated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-0, 7-6. The seventh seed raced to a two sets advantage in exactly one hour. Under pressure, Nadal battled hard but ultimately in vain in a 73 minute third set. Berdych hit 10 aces to three and 46 winners to Nadal’s 24.
The Spaniard won only 29% of the points on his second serve and committed six double faults along the way. Meanwhile, South Africa’s involvement is officially all over after Lloyd Harris and doubles partner Juan Jose Rosas of Peru were ousted 1-6, 7-6, 10-8 by Japanese duo Yuya Ito and Yusuke Takahashi.