Australian Open: Andy Murray is pleased with form heading into the last 16

Last Updated: 18/01/14 7:51pm

  • Share:
Andy Murray: Pleased to get past Feliciano Lopez

Andy Murray: Pleased to get past Feliciano Lopez

Sky Bet

Andy Murray said he was pleased to come through his match against Feliciano Lopez in the third round of the Australian Open.

The British No 1 reflected on his toughest match since returning from back surgery, confirming he has not been troubled by the problem on court.

"It's pretty good so far, I've recovered well after the matches," he said. "From time to time a bit of stiffness and soreness, but for the most part it's been good.

"Today was a big step up for me. Feliciano is a top-30 player. He's a tricky opponent to play."
Andy Murray

"It's better than it was. You normally are going to get some stiffness and stuff in an area where you've had surgery. It takes a bit of time for that to go away.

"I wouldn't expect to play my best tennis straight away," he said. "But if I can get myself near to that and keep improving I'll give myself a chance against most players."

Murray had beaten Lopez in all seven of their previous matches and after a tight first set the fourth seed proceeded to assert his dominance over the Spaniard.

"Today was a big step up for me. Feliciano is a top-30 player. He's a tricky opponent to play," Murray added.

Good record

"I know I have a good record against him, but it doesn't change the fact he's not an easy guy to play against. Very different type of opponent to what you normally face.

"So it was a good test for me, and I did well."

Murray paid tribute to his next opponent, Stephane Robert, a veteran of the Challenger Tour who lost a qualifying match but has made the most of a lucky loser ticket.

"It's good to see. He's 33 years old and it could be easy to stop playing if you're not in the top hundred or necessarily making a great living," he said.

"But it does show if you stick at it, you're professional, when your chance comes, you take it, you can do great things.

"Great for him. Good for tennis as well. He's played six or seven matches already. He'll be match-tight, that's for sure."

  • Share:

Related

Australian Open 2014

Li Na: On the same level as Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka?

What we learned

Alex Williams looks at what conclusions can be drawn from a dramatic fortnight in Melbourne.

"It still feels like a dream," said Stanislas Wawrinka on Monday morning

Stan can deliver

Barry Cowan says Stanislas Wawrinka isn't a one-hit wonder but will be a threat in each Slam.

Stanislas Wawrinka: Delighted by his success at the Australian Open

Mature Stan enjoys Oz glory

Stanislas Wawrinka has revealed that hard work and confidence has helped him become a Grand Slam winner in Australia.

Most Popular

Features

Sit-down with Rafa

Sit-down with Rafa

Sign in to hear Rafael Nadal discuss his 2015 hopes, recent injury set-backs and the ATP Tour Finals.

Fed at his finest

Fed at his finest

Barry Cowan explains how Shanghai master Roger Federer is playing the best tennis of his stellar career.

ATP Finals on Sky

ATP Finals on Sky

Watch the build-up to London and the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena on Sky Sports.