Australian Open Day 6: Murray battles past Sousa to advance, Muguruza crashes out

Andy Murray had to dig deep to secure his place in the last 16 of the Australian Open as the British number one moved into his 20th consecutive grand slam fourth round.

It wasn’t Murray’s greatest ever display as his Portuguese opponent Joao Sousa took the second set to level the match but the Scot improved to finish off the 32nd seed and securing a 6-2 3-6 6-2 6-2 victory.

Andy Murray has never won the Aussie Open despite reaching the final four times image: bbc.com

Andy Murray has never won the Aussie Open despite reaching the final four times
image: bbc.com

Next up for Murray is a fourth round clash with Aussie Bernard Tomic, after the 16th seed overcame compatriot John Millman in straight sets 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 to ease into the last 16.

Stan Wawrinka did not illness get the better of him as the fourth seed kept him his quest for a second Australian Open title seeing off Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic in straight sets 6-2 6-3 7-6 (7/3).

Brisbane International winner Milos Raonic set up a last 16 clash with Wawrinka, as the Canadian bagged a comfortable 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki.

American John Isner overcame a tough challenge from Feliciano Lopez of Spain as the tenth seed had to come from a set down to secure a place in the fourth round with a closely fought  6-7 (8/10) 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 6-4 win.

Isner will now face another Spaniard David Ferrer in the fourth round, as Steve Johnson proved no match for the eighth seed to secured a comfortable 6-1 6-4 6-4 straight sets victory over the American.

Frenchman Gaels Monfils secured his passage through after a 7-5 6-3 6-2 win over compatriot Stephane Robert and will face Andrey Kuznetsov in the fourth round, after the Russian overcame Israel’s Dudi Sela with a hard-fought 7-5 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7/4) win.

On the women’s side of things, there was more joy for Great Britain with Johanna Konta matching her best ever grand slam performance, as she saw off Denisa Allertova 6-2 6-2 to cruise into the next round.

The 24-year-old’s next opponent will be Russian Ekaterina Makarova as the 21st seed comfortably booked her place in the last 16 after a 6-3 6-2 win over Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic.

Viktoria Azarenka continued her fine start at the Australian Open as the Belarussian made light work of Japan’s Naomi Osaka to send herself through to the next round with a comfortable 6-1 6-1 win.

Garbine Muguruza heads home after defeat to image: wgauradio.com

Garbine Muguruza (r) heads home after defeat to Barbara Strycova
image: wgauradio.com

However, it won’t be a clash with Garbine Murguruza for Azarenka as the 2015 Wimbledon finalist crashed out of the tournament after suffering a shock loss to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova, who secured a 6-3 6-2 win over the third seed.

American Madison Keys came from a set down to advance as she defeated Russian Ana Ivanovic 4-6 6-4 6-4 and will face Zhang Shuai next, after the Chinese player bagged a 6-1 6-3 win over American Vavara Stepchenko in her third round match.

Seventh seed Angelique Kerber encountered no problems as she cruised past American Madison Brengle 6-1 6-3 to set up a last 16 clash with compatriot Annika Beck who saw off another German Laura Siegemund 6-0 6-4.

More results from day six, including all the doubles action can be found at this link

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