Andy reaches Quarter Finals in Melbourne
Andy has stormed into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open with a testing 4 sets victory over Frenchman Stephane Robert.
Both players held serve well in opening games, however Andy showed that he meant business securing the early break. The break gave Andy the confidence to put his foot down and race away with the first set, holding serve well and then securing the double break to leave himself serving for the set, Andy held strongly and took the first set 6-1.
There was an air of ruthlessness about Andy’s game on the substantially cooler Hisense Arena to the previous week, and Andy was demonstrating it emphatically. He again secured a very early double break to race to a 4-0 lead in the second set and win his ninth game in a row. The French lucky loser eventually held serve, but the world number 4 was too strong for his opponent and served emphatically to take the second set 6-2.
The third set look to simply be a formality, however Andy’s opponent had other ideas. Andy appeared to slightly come off the boil for a majority of the third set and had to fight hard to save some early break points. It looked as though Andy had eventually re-focused himself when he secured the break at 3-3. His opponent then seemed to cling on for the remainder of the set and Andy found himself serving for the match. But it was not to be quite the fast finish Andy had hoped for and his opponent finally managed to break him after 2 match points went begging, it was then two very quick holds from each player the third set went to tie break.
Andy looked in trouble early in the tie break when he slipped to 0-3 down, Andy then fought back well to give himself 2 match points, which he then failed to convert. Robert then had a set point, which he applied some huge pressure and forced the mistake from Andy, taking the set 7-6.
A frustrated Andy appeared to put his poor third set performance behind and fought hard in the opening games of the fourth set to re assert his authority in the match which he did so by securing an early break to lead 3-1. It was then a case of closing out the math and Andy held well for the remainder of the set and crucially broke at 5-2 to take the set 6-2 and the match.
Speaking after the match Andy said “He’s a fun player to watch, but not a fun player to play against, he made it very tricky for me, and he’s very unorthodox, so he made it very tough”
Andy will now play the winner of the Federer vs Tsonga match..