Australian Open: Andy Murray advances to fourth round with win over Feliciano Lopez

Andy Murray defeated 26th seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-2 in the round and will play Stefane Robert in pre-quarters.

Updated: January 18, 2014 14:12 IST
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Melbourne: Three-time finalist Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open for the sixth straight year with a 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 26-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain on Saturday. (Click here for latest on Australian Open)

Murray, playing only his second tournament since minor back surgery in September, was only broken once in a 2-hour, 15-minute match. (Federer eases into pre-quarters | Sharapova makes last 16)

Fourth-seeded Murray, who broke some Grand Slam droughts for British men when he won the U.S. Open in 2012 and Wimbledon last year, is still aiming for his first Australian title. He has lost the finals at Melbourne Park in three of the last four years. (Also read: Paes to take on Yuki in doubles third round)

He next faces Stefane Robert, a lucky loser from qualifying who made the main draw after Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew with an injury on the second morning of the tournament.

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