Murray, Nadal move into quarter-finals

Brit sees off Dimitrov's challenge in four sets at the Australian Open while Nadal beats South African Anderson.

    Murray had lost to Dimitrov at his Wimbledon defence last year [Reuters]
    Murray had lost to Dimitrov at his Wimbledon defence last year [Reuters]

    Andy Murray avenged his shock loss at last year's Wimbledon and battled his way into his 16th successive grand slam quarter-final with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open.

    The 27-year-old Scot was upset by Dimitrov in the quarter-finals in his title defence last year at Wimbledon and Sunday's victory helped dim those memories and set up a last-eight clash with Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios.

    Earlier, Rafa Nadal withstood a serving barrage from South African beanpole Kevin Anderson in a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 masterclass at Rod Laver Arena to continue his brilliant comeback from a 2014 season ravaged by injury and illness.

    The Spaniard, who ruled himself out of contention before the tournament, now faces Tomas Berdych for a place in the semi-finals, a man he has mastered in their last 18 matches.

    The Czech seventh-seed, whose record of pain against Nadal dates back to 2007, overpowered local hope Bernard Tomic 6-2, 7-6, 6-2.

    Results:

    6-Andy Murray (Britain) beat 10-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5

    Nick Kyrgios (Australia) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 8-6

    3-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat 14-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 7-5 6-1 6-4

    7-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) 6-2 7-6(3) 6-2


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