By Jaclyn Stacey
( January 19, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Andy Murray won through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after defeating qualifier Ricardas Berankis in a tough straight sets match 6-3 6-4 7-5 in two hours and 12 minutes on Super Saturday.
Despite the scoreline, Berankis put up some strong resistance to Murray, creating 12 break point opportunities against Murray and converting three of them.
Murray and Berankis are some time hitting partners on the tour and the world No. 3 said that it was challenging to play the Lithuanian.
“Yeah, it was a tough match. He takes the ball very early, hits the ball very flat compared to most players on the tour. And when the ball is between, you know, his hips and his shoulder, he hits the ball extremely well. He’s got very good timing. Yeah, he made it tough.”
The win keeps the 2012 US Open champion on track to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles. He will meet the winner of the all French match between Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils in the round of 16 on Monday.
“I just focus on the next match. I’ll need to play better than I did today. You know, Gael and Gilles are both tough players. They do extremely consistent. You know, Gael is probably the best – in my opinion – athlete that ever played the game. When he’s injury-free, he’s a very tough guy to
“And Gilles the same. He’s caused guys lots of problems before. You know, he pushed
Roger to a very tough five-set match here a few years ago. He’s getting closer to the top 10 in
the world. He had his own injury problems as well.”
“Both tough matches, and I’ll need to play better than I did today.”
Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.