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Andy through to Fourth Round in Melbourne
Andy has reached the last 16 of the Australian Open for the sixth year in a row, defeating the 25th seed Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
On a packed Hisense Arena, both players struggled to get going and broke each other respectively. The first set provided some mixed tennis with both players making mistakes, however it was at the business end of the set that Andy began to warm up, just in time for first set tie break. After a difficult set, Andy then provided some of his finest tennis to secure the tie break emphatically, securing it 7-2 and the first set 7-6.
Andy’s fine form appeared to be back to stay as he flew out in the second set, securing an early break and from that point Lopez was chasing. Producing some fine tennis, Andy held serve well throughout, and despite a nervy final point being called out, which Lopez challenged, however the Hawk-eye system confirmed the umpires decision, and Andy secured the set 6-4 to take a 2-0 lead.
The final set was where Andy really turned the screw, he again secured an early break and from that point it seemed as though victory was inevitable. There were some phenomenal exchanges between the two players, but Andy’s movement and shot selection were far superior, and after eventually securing the double break, he comfortably closed out the third and final set 6-2, to confirm his place in the fourth round.
Speaking after the match Andy praised the conditions and the Australian support “It’s been a good start,” said Andy. “It was obviously tricky conditions in the first couple of days but today was beautiful. Every time I’ve come here, since I was 18 years old, the support has been great so thank you very much and I’ll need it if I want to go further.
Andy also cited his secret to success against left handed players, saying “I grew up playing with my brother, he is a leftie, so I got a lot of practice facing the leftie serve.”
Andy will now face the French lucky loser Stephane Robert in the fourth round.