Andy Murray crashes out of Australian Open after Federer defeat

Andy Murray has been knocked out of the Australian Open after losing in four sets to former world number one Roger Federer in the quarter finals.

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Murray faces Federer in Australian Open quarter final

Andy Murray beat France's Stephane Robert to reach the quarter final. Credit: Reuters

Britain's Andy Murray faces four-time champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open quarter-finals today.

Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic's three-year reign as champion was ended yesterday when he was knocked out by the Swiss eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka.

Murray's match is scheduled to begin at around 8.30am UK time.


Murray sees off 'lucky loser' to reach Aussie Open QFs

Andy Murray is looking to add an Australian Open title to his US Open and Wimbledon wins. Credit: Reuters/Brandon Malone

Andy Murray's bid for a third Grand Slam title remains on track after he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a hard-fought victory over the tournament's "lucky loser" Stephane Robert.

The British tennis star dropped his first set of the tournament but recovered to claim the fourth-round match 6-1 6-2 6-7 6-2 to end the 33-year-old Frenchman's surprise winning run.

The world number 119 had been elevated into the men's draw at the 11th hour thanks to an injury to the man he lost to in qualifying and overcame three opponents.

Murray, who has reached the Australian Open final three times in the last four years but is yet to win the hard court slam, can expect an even tougher test in the final eight in Melbourne.

The fourth-seeded Scot will face the winner of the fourth-round match between sixth seed Roger Federer and 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Hutchins wins at Aussie Open after cancer comeback

Britain's Ross Hutchins (right) and Colin Fleming on court in Melbourne. Credit: Jon Buckle

British doubles player Ross Hutchins has won his first tour match since his remarkable comeback from cancer.

Twelve months ago the 28-year-old Londoner was beginning six months of chemotherapy to get rid of the Hodgkin's lymphoma that had invaded his body.

Hutchins had to build up his fitness from nothing after being told he was in remission in July but on a baking hot Melbourne afternoon he and Scot Colin Fleming beat Marinko Matosevic and Michal Przysiezny 4-6 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open.

"I think we did well to dig out a win today," he said. "It was actually brilliant to be honest, and I'm loving the feeling right now.

"This is a fantastic tournament, and I'm just thrilled to be back involved and back able to hopefully try to win more matches."


Watson fails to make second round of Australian Open

Heather Watson has been defeated in the first round of the Australian Open, leaving Andy Murray the lone Brit in the singles competition.

Great Britain's Heather Watson has failed to make the second round at the Australian Open. Credit: Press Association

Watson conceded to Slovakian 31st seed Daniela Hantuchova after three sets, losing 7-5 3-6 6-3. Earlier, fellow Brit Laura Robson also fell at the first hurdle, being defeated by Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in two sets.

Murray will take on Japan's Go Soeda in the men's first round on Tuesday.

Laura Robson makes early exit from Australian Open

Laura Robson made a very early exit from the Australian Open in Melbourne this morning, lasting less than an hour in the tournament. She was beaten in the first round by 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens.

British number one Laura Robson made an early exit from the Australian Open. Credit: Press Association

The British number one came into the competition having not completed a match this season because of an wrist injury.

The result will be a big blow to Robson, who reached the third round in Melbourne last year.

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