Murray dashes Japanese dreams
25 January 2012, 15:03
Andy Murray shrugged off a sore neck to end Kei Nishikori's brilliant
run at the Australian Open on Wednesday, carving up the Japanese with a
dominant 6-3 6-3 6-1 victory to stroll into his third successive
semifinal at Melbourne Park.
Nishikori, the first Japanese man through to the last eight in Melbourne
for 80 years, won support from kimono-clad fans as the underdog at
sun-bathed Rod Laver Arena, but left with his tail between his legs
after a two-hour 12-minute spanking.
While serving appallingly and rarely setting the court alight, Murray
assumed control from the outset, exploiting the flashy Japanese's
comparative lack of height with lobs and running him around the court to
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