Murray Advances to Quarterfinals

Mark Blinch/Reuters

Andy Murray has taken just 49 minutes to move into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin was forced to retire through injury after losing the opening two sets.

Kukushkin beat Gael Monfils in five gruelling sets in the previous round and those exertions seemed to hinder him from the start, with Murray leading 6-1, 6-1, 1-0 before Kukushkin pulled out with a left hip flexor problem.

The contest was one-sided from the outset, making it difficult to gauge the quality of Murray's performance, but the world number four will be delighted to have got through with the minimum of effort, conserving energy on a hot Melbourne day.

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