Mur­ray Nicks spot in semis

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ANDY MUR­RAY pro­duced a slick per­for­mance to send home favourite Nick Kyr­gios pack­ing and book him­self a semi-fi­nal spot.

The two-time grand slam winner si­lenced a 15,000-strong crowd on Rod Laver Arena as he used all his ex­pe­ri­ence to beat tal­ented teen Kyr­gios 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 and set up a clash with Czech Tomas Berdych, who had ear­lier dis­patched Rafael Nadal in sim­i­lar fashion.

The win im­proved Mur­ray’s record against Aussie play­ers to 11-0 and saw him pro­duce 13 aces and just one dou­ble fault, with the only mi­nor blip com­ing when he let a break of serve slip in the third set.

“It was a tricky match,” said Mur­ray af­ter­wards. “It was pretty windy, so tough con­di­tions for both of us, and I tried to start as quickly as pos­si­ble be­cause I knew how dan­ger­ous Nick is.

“I know ex­actly what he is ca­pa­ble of and I was not go­ing to un­der­es­ti­mate him at all.

“He is a big hit­ter, so I tried to keep it out of his strike zone as much as pos­si­ble.

“I played a slightly dif­fer­ent style tonight and it worked.”

Kyr­gios looked on edge in his home grand slam and re­ceived a warn­ing for an au­di­ble ob­scen­ity as he bat­tled to save two set points in the first set. And al­though he did so to force Mur­ray to serve for the set, the Brit did so with ease to take it af­ter 32 min­utes.

A ser­vice winner earned Mur­ray his first set point in the sec­ond be­fore a superb lob opened up a com­mand­ing lead.

Kyr­gios broke in the third set as Mur­ray hit a tame back­hand into the net.

The Olympic champ then ap­peared to cut a ban­dage off his left thigh at the change of ends and it did the trick as he broke serve to take a 5-3 lead.

This time there was no lapse in con­cen­tra­tion and Mur­ray served out to take the match. ANDY FORM: Mur­ray points to the heav­ens af­ter seal­ing vic­tory against Kyr­gios

SHOCK: Berdych

Royal Troon Cap­tain, Bob Martin, said: “Royal Troon Golf Club has hosted The Open on eight oc­ca­sions since 1923 and in 2016 we will share this re­spon­si­bil­ity with The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon as joint hosts of the 145th Open Championship.

“The clubs en­joy a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship and we look for­ward to host­ing a suc­cess­ful Open here in 2016.” A Troon state­ment said it will “un­der­take a comprehensive re­view to con­sider the most ap­pro­pri­ate mem­ber­ship pol­icy for the fu­ture”.

Muir­field is re­view­ing its mem­ber­ship cri­te­ria, while Royal St Ge­orge’s is also “con­sid­er­ing its po­si­tion” as a sin­gle-sex club.

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