Andy Murray brushes aside Jeremy Chardy in straight sets
Andy Murray safely negotiated his way into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with victory over Jeremy Chardy.
Last Updated: 23/01/13 8:02pm
Barring a brief first-set wobble, Murray was in charge of the contest and claimed a 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory.
Murray, a finalist in Melbourne in 2010 and 2011, has yet to drop a set at this year's event, although the US Open champion will face a much harder test in the last four against 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.
Chardy had, on paper at least, looked to be a tricky opponent. He had beaten Murray in straight sets in their meeting at the Cincinnati Masters last year, while an impressive run to the quarter-finals had seen him claim the scalps of Marcel Granollers, Andreas Seppi and Juan Martin del Potro.
However he failed to match those highs as Murray took him apart.
The world No 3 broke in the opening game of the match and was quickly leading 4-0 - with Chardy his own worst enemy. The Frenchman, though, responded brilliantly with three games on the bounce to put Murray under pressure.
But the Scot weathered the storm to take the set and then eased through the gears.
Chardy might have held his serve at the start of the second but Murray rattled off six games on the bounce to move clear of the world No 36.
And things got worse for Chardy as Murray won the first three games of the third set to all-but put the game beyond doubt.
Chardy finally stopped the rot as he held serve in the fourth game - and although Murray broke again he missed the chance to serve for the match.
It was only a brief respite for Chardy, though, as Murray broke again to clinch the match.