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Tournament favourite Andy Murray cruised to a 6-4 6-2 6-4 victory over American Sam Querrey in Melbourne and Dan Evans will keep him company in the last-16 at the Australian Open.

I am happy to come through in three tight sets. It could have gone either way.

And Evans, wearing a Σ12 T-shirt he bought himself due to a lack of shirt sponsorship, looked the part as he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 6-3 7-6 7-6 win over home player Bernard Tomic.

It ensured Britain had two players at the stage in a Slam since Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski in 2002.

Evans now meets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 12th seed from France, while Murray faces world No.50 Mischa Zverev of Germany.

British No.3 Evans, who has put himself inside the top 50 and guaranteed Σ135,000 in prize money, said: Š—“It was tough, Bernard is difficult.

Š—“He is unorthodox and I found it hard at the start. I am happy to come through in three tight sets. It could have gone either way.".

"I am happy with my T-shirts at the minute. One shrunk in the wash so I had to change it, but I reckon they look all right."

Evans, who secured a win over Tomic at the US Open four years ago, made up for a missed opportunity to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in 2016 when he held a match point against eventual champion Stan Wawrinka.

He avoided an anti-climax after his shock win over Marin Cilic, the seventh seed, in the previous round, with another fine display against the 27th seed Tomic.

Birmingham-born Evans, 26, took a firm hold of the match from the off. He kept his cool when Tomic fought back.

He missed two set points and was broken in the second set. But he survived two set points himself before taking the tiebreak, showing off the variety he has in his game.

Evans saved three break points and had a bout of cramp in the 11th game of the third before a rain delay enabled him to rest his physical problem and re-start to secure the win.


Murray striding through the draw

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Murray immediately checked on how Evans was getting on at the end of his own second-round victory over Andrey Rublev and learned his fellow Brit had beaten Cilic.

But he was able to keep tabs on the MidlanderŠ—Ès progress himself having dispatched Querrey in a minute under two hours.

Yet the world No.1 played down talk that his hopes of a fourth Slam had been improved by the shock exit of defending champion Novak Djkovic against UzbeksitanŠ—Ès Denis Ostomin, the world 117, in the second round.

Djokovic has been MurrayŠ—Ès nemesis in Melbourne, defeating him in four finals.

He said: Š—“I don’t worry about that, really. Obviously, if you’re to get to the final, then it has an effect. A lot of the times when I’ve been in the final here, I’ve played against him. Had some tough ones."

MurrayŠ—Ès movement was unaffected by an ankle problem sustained against Rublev as he avoided a potential banana skin.

Querrey had stunned Djokovic at Wimbledon last year but Murray looked determined he would not fall victim like his Serbian rival had against Ostomin.

The American tried to put Murray off balance with aggressive tactics but struggled with his first serve. He earned a break point at 4-3 in the opening set but Murray saved it and broke Querrey in the next game before sealing the lead.

Double Wimbledon and Olympic champion Murray cruised through the second with the help of two breaks.

The top seed let a 2-0 lead slip in the third before roaring back to secure the match.

Murray said: "Sam, especially in the first set, was hitting a huge ball.

"There was a key moment at 3-4 when I saved a break point and then managed to break the next game and had the momentum after that."

Îà Quotes from the BBC.





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