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Clinical Murray sends Kyrgios home

The Scot played superbly to silence the home fans

By Greg Stutchbury

Britain’s Andy Murray ended the hopes of local tennis fans, and one teenager in particular, with a no-nonsense performance to reach his fifth Australian Open semi-final after a 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old’s quarter-final appearance at the season-opening grand slam had created a media frenzy in Australia despite it competing with the Socceroos’ Asian Cup semi-final against United Arab Emirates scheduled for the same time.

Newspapers devoted substantial space to the match earlier on Tuesday, while the host broadcasters had a countdown clock on the match for 24 hours and interviewed anyone associated with Kyrgios they could.

Murray, however, refused to let the off-court hype distract him as he produced a clinical effort to take the Rod Laver Arena crowd out of the equation, improve his record against Australian opponents to 11-0 and set up a semi-final against seventh seed Tomas Berdych after the Czech stunned Rafa Nadal earlier in the day.

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