Murray and Evans book Australian Open third round spots

Murray and Evans book Australian Open third round spots

18 January 2017 / 11:17

World number one Andy Murray moved quickly to calm any injury fears after he made light work of Andrey Rublev to join Dan Evans in the Australian Open third round.

Murray had appeared to be cruising through his second round clash against the Russia, leading by two sets with just over an hour played.

The British number one then rolled his right ankle with the score at 1-1 in the third, prompting the arrival of the tournament doctor.

But 29-year-old Murray was able to continue, eventually wrapping up a convincing win 6-3 6-0 6-2 to add to what had already been a successful day for the Brits with Evans shocking former US Open Champion Marin Cilic 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3.
Murray“It’s just a little bit sore, it’s not too serious,” Murray said afterwards. “I definitely rolled it a little bit so I will make sure I will get some ice on it tonight. I was moving ok towards the end so that’s positive.

“Sometimes when you roll your ankle and it’s bad, it’s tough to put weight on it. But I can put weight on it, it’s just a bit sore so I’m sure it will be fine.

“He (Andrey) hits a big ball and that’s exciting to watch. He goes for it, when he gets a little bit stronger and more experienced, he is going to keep shooting up the rankings

It’s great to have my family here, last year was a stressful couple of weeks but it’s very different this year.”

Murray now goes on to face world number 32 Sam Querrey, with the American having never progressed beyond the third round in Melbourne – although he did show his ability at Wimbledon last year in dumping out Novak Djokovic in the third round.

“Sam’s got a big serve and he takes a lot of chances with his forehand. It will be a tricky one. “He obviously had a big win at Wimbledon against Novak in the third round so I’ll need to be on my game and play so good tennis to get through.

“The family is all here and everyone is healthy and well. I love being back in Australia and playing here so hopefully I can have another good one.”

Earlier in the day Evans, appearing in the second round in Melbourne for the first time in his career, overcame a first set wobble to topple seventh seed Cilic.

A total of 44 places separated the two players in the ATP world rankings going into the clash and initially it looked to be going the way of the seedings with the big-serving Croatian controlling the opening set.

But British number three Evans, who reached his first ATP tour final at the Sydney International last weekend, fought back to defeat a player ranked inside the world’s top ten for just the second time in his career and set up a third round clash with either Australian Bernard Tomic or Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos.

"To come through in the last match point was pleasing for me,” said the 26-year-old. “I struggled with the shade on the court and his pace of the ball was coming through pretty quick.

“Once the sun went down I felt much better and got into the match. I just hung in there to see what would happen and thankfully good things happened today.

“All the Aussie boys said this court could get quite loud. I was looking forward to it although after the first set there wasn’t that much to sing about.

“I’m happy that I’ve won and I’m looking forward to playing on Friday.”

Evans initially appeared to be struggling with an eye problem early in the match with Cilic taking advantage to ease to the first set in 31 minutes.

But Evans started to find his feet in the second, forcing his opponent into a number of errors and then drawing the match level.

Both players lost their own service games in the next two sets but Evans, who at one point moved into a 4-1 lead in the third, managed to hold his nerve to come through and reach the last 32 of a Grand Slam for the fourth time in his career.

Elsewhere compatriots Heather Watson and Naomi Broady exited the women’s doubles at the first round stage after losing 7-5 2-6 7-6 (7-5) to Italy’s Karin Knapp and Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella.

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