Andy Murray took just over 100 minutes to decimate Austrian opponent Jurgen Melzer in Melbourne this morning.
The British number one secured his quarter-final spot with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 victory over the Austrian and will face world number 46 Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next round.
Murray, 23, has still not conceded more than three games in any set in this years tournament and said, “I am very pleased. It was a match expected to be difficult but I was intense from the start and I dictated a lot of points on my forehand and didn’t make many mistakes.
“It was quite windy and I didn’t want to get behind in any of the sets. I enjoyed it in the end and it was one of those matches where everything I hit went right.
“If I keep playing like I am I will give myself a good chance to win matches. It was one of the best I’ve played but I need to be switched on for the next match.”
Austrian Melzer has never progressed past the third round in Australia before this year but didn’t stand a chance against Murray who recorded just 10 unforced errors and racked up 30 winners on the way to victory on the Rod Laver court.
83% of points won from his first serve further underlined Murray’s dominance and having taken the first set 6-3, he really turned the screw and won the final two sets losing just two games.
Next up for Murray is Ukrainian Dolgopolov who upset world number four Robin Soderling in a five set match in the fourth round. The topsy turvy encounter is sure to have taken it out of the Ukrainian as he prospered 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in the blistering Melbourne heat.
Is this the year that Murray finally secures his first slam and kicks on to fulfil his potential?