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Tennis: Frustrated Murray ends lucky loser Robert's run to reach last eight

Published on Jan 20, 2014 5:34 PM
 
Andy Murray of Britain hits a shot against Stephane Robert of France during their men's singles match on day eight of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 20, 2014. Andy Murray smashed a racket in a rare display of frustration, after being taken to a fourth set before reaching the quarter-finals of Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2 victory over lucky loser Stephane Robert on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Andy Murray smashed a racket in a rare display of frustration, after being taken to a fourth set before reaching the quarter-finals of tennis' Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2 victory over lucky loser Stephane Robert on Monday.

After racing through the first two sets in just over an hour, Wimbledon champion Murray blew a couple of match points in the third and was dragged into a tie-break by the 33-year-old Frenchman, who won it 8-6.

It was the first set fourth seed Murray had lost in the tournament but, after a change of shirt, he whipped through the fourth set in 28 minutes to seal a quarter-final date against either Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Robert was the first lucky loser to reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park and had won just four main-draw matches in 10 previous Grand Slam appearances.