Australian Open Day 8: Murray sees off Tomic to reach quarter-finals, Konta run continues

There were no problems for second seed Andy Murray on day eight of the action at the Australian Open, as the Scotsman held off the challenge of Bernard Tomic to reach the quarter-finals.

Murray had never dropped a set in his previous meetings with the Australian and he continued that trend as Murray bagged a straight sets 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7/4) win over the 17th seed.

Andy Murray moved a step closer to a first Australian Open title image: rte.ie

Andy Murray moved a step closer to a first Australian Open title
image: rte.ie

It will be a quarter-final date with Spain’s David Ferrer for the British number one, as the eighth seed also enjoyed a comfortable day at the office with a 6-4 6-4 7-5 straight sets victory over USA’s John Isner.

Milos Raonic pulled off a major shock as he knocked former Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka out of the competition as he held off a brave comeback from the Swiss man in a five set thriller.

Raonic raced into a two-set lead but the Wawrinka fight back was on and he managed to force the game into a decider but the Canadian dug deep to deny the fourth seed to complete his comeback winning the fifth set and the match 6-4 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-3 to advance.

Frenchman Gaels Monfils is next up for Raonic on Wednesday, after the 23rd seed overcame a tough match with Russian Andrey Kuznetsov to book his spot in the last eight with a 7-5 3-6 6-3 7-6 (6/4) win.

On the women’s side of things, Johanna Konta’s dream run continued as the 24-year-old sealed her passage through to become the first British female to reach a grandslam quarter-finalist since 1984.

Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova won the first set against the Aussie-born British player but Konta fought back and in a tense finale, Konta reached her first ever grandslam quarter-final with a narrow 4-6 6-4 8-6 victory.

British number one Johanna Konta reached her first grandslam quarter-final image: smartflightsuit.com

British number one Johanna Konta reached her first grandslam quarter-final
image: smartflightsuit.com

The British number one will now face Chinese qualifier Shuai Zhang for a place in the semi-finals, after Zhang continued her dream run in the Aussie Open coming from a set down to stun American Madison Keys 3-6 6-3 6-3.

There were no major worries for Belarus’ Viktoria Azarenka as she comfortably saw off Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic in straight sets 6-2 6-4 to reach a fifth Australian Open quarter-final.

Standing in Azarenka’s way for a place in the final four is German Angelique Kerber, as the seventh seed saw off compatriot Annika Beck with an easy 6-4 6-0 win.

You can check out more results from day eight at the Aussie Open, including all the doubles action, at this link.

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