Posted by Barrie on Thursday, 13 May 2010

Andy Murray Safely Through to Madrid Quarter Finals

World number 4 Andy Murray safely progressed into the quarter finals of the Madrid Masters this evening with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Romania's Victor Hanescu.

The first four games were very competitive, with Andy Murray needing to save two break points on his second service game. Once Murray broke mid way through the opening set there was no way back for the world number 38.

Andy Murray had the better of the baseline rallies as he took the final 4 games of the first set in 10 minutes. Victor Hanescu's main attempts to get Andy Murray out of his rhythm were to pull off drop shots. Unfortunately for him Murray recognised them coming as the match went on, and Hanescu was failing to make them over the net the further the match went on.

After making just 44% of his first serves in his first match, Andy Murray increased his percentage to 58% this evening, firing 4 aces against his 6'6” opponent.

On Wednesday Andy Murray had few problems in defeating Juan Ignacio Chela in his opening match in Madrid after a poor start to his clay court season. This result sees the British number 1 record back-to-back victories on clay for the first time this season. In his final tournament before the French Open, Andy will know he needs to beat top opposition if he is to live up to his to match last year's quarter final performance.

Andy Murray will face either David Ferrer or Marin Cilic in the quarter final in Madrid.

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