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Summary

  1. Murray beats Dimitrov in four sets
  2. Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov
  3. Scot faces Nick Kyrgios in quarters

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Phew! Recovered your breath yet? I've not - and I doubt whether Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov have either.

Now it is game, set and match for our live coverage. While Murray reflects on a job well done, you can disappear into the rest of weekend and crack on with those Sunday chores that you've been dodging.

We will be back on Tuesday with all the action from Murray v Kyrgios - don't you dare miss it. In the meantime, keep up with all the news from Melbourne Park

on our tennis page. See you later!

Stat attack

  • Murray has reached his 16th straight Grand Slam quarter-final
  • The Briton is aiming to become the first man to win the Australian Open after losing three finals
  • He is 10th on the list for the most Australian Open win in the modern era

No pain, no gain

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios on facing Murray in the last 16: "It's going to be one of the toughest matches I'll have played in my life. It is a Grand Slam, it is five sets, and I will be in a lot of pain. But despite that it will be a lot of fun."

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Murray had been just enough ahead all the way through to stop it going to a fifth set. He is serving well and returning well and clearly playing with great freedom. He will be a strong favourite in the quarter-final against Kyrgios. He is looking good. There is a twinkle in his eye again. He is playing like the Andy Murray of 2013."

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

The Melbourne crowd, who will provide plenty of vocal support for Nick Kyrgios against Murray, jokingly boo the Briton when his record against Australian opponents is revealed.

Ten matches. Ten victories. Can he make it a perfect 11 when he faces Kyrgios for the first time?

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Goran Ivanisevic

2001 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Andy Murray played well. He was the better player and he deserved to win. I expect Murray to make the final. Dimitrov played great and had his chances but Murray played better."

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Andy Murray assumes the role of pantomime villain as he is interviewed on court in the Rod Laver Arena. Oh yes he does. That's because he is being quizzed about his upcoming tie against home favourite Nick Kyrgios.

"I might have a few fans in here," he says optimistically.

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Mark Woodforde

Former Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"It was a struggle but Andy Murray came through it. Grigor Dimitrov had a tough match in the previous round and Murray has been playing exceptionally well. I think he will now have too much in the tank for Nick Kyrgios. I just think Andy is in exceptional form this year and it is good to see."

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Next up for Andy Murray? Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, who beat Italian Andreas Seppi - Roger Federer's conquerer. That match will take place on Tuesday in the Rod Laver Arena.

Player reaction

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Andy Murray: "It was an entertaining match, there were a lot of rallies and was fun for everyone watching. Grigor is an unbelievable athlete, is quick around the court, is agile, he gets to shots that others can't and has good hands. I'm glad I managed to get through. I thought I played well."

Player reaction

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Andy Muray
EPA

Andy Murray: "I did get quite lucky at the end - a few net chords went my way. That was the difference - a lot of games went back and forth. Once I got momentum I tried to keep it going."

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"He has been pushed to the limit but he has come through. Revenge is sweet for Murray against the man who beat him at Wimbledon. He is a very happy and a very relieved man."

Game, set and match - Murray wins

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 Dimitrov

Andy Murray does it! The Scot grabs match point at the first opportunity - albeit with a huge slice of luck. His forehand returns smacks the net cord and dribbles over to touch down in Dimitrov territory. Fortune favours the brave...

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-5 (40-30) Dimitrov

Murray races into a 30-0 lead, with Dimitrov's indomitable spirit seeming broken. But wait! The gutsy Bulgarian fights back. Taking on two bold forehands does the business for 30-30 before Murray spanks down a thunderous ace down the middle. Match point....

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-5 Dimitrov

Goran Ivanisevic

2001 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Grigor Dimitrov
AP

"Yes, that is how to break a racquet! Come on, I love it. I'm much happier by the smashed racquet than the clean Murray backhand winner. Wow, that was good racquet smashing. That was art. There is a divot on court where he threw it."

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-5 Dimitrov

Andy Murray grabs a couple of balls - he is serving for the match....

Murray breaks

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-5 Dimitrov

Remarkable turnaround by Andy Murray! The British number one is just one game away from the quarter-finals after a faultless display obliterates the Dimitrov serve.

Then the Bulgarian obliterates his racquet. He vents his frustrating by smashing his racquet into the court. New racquet please....

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 5-5 Dimitrov*

Andy Murray
AP

Murray is digging deeper than a JCB*. Momentum appeared to be firmly with Dimitrov only a couple of games ago, but it has switched back into Murray's favour. He controls the tempo of his service game, with Dimitrov - who has little answer - shanking a backhand out of the court for the game.

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Murray breaks back

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 4-5 Dimitrov

Goran Ivanisevic

2001 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"It was a bad game, really bad for Dimitrov. After winning the first point he just went downhill. It is good for Andy though. Dimitrov has been winning his serve pretty easily this set, so Andy found the perfect game at the right time."

Murray breaks back

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 4-5 Dimitrov

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"That will hurt the Bulgarian enormously. He was snatching at it, trying to hit it too hard."

Murray breaks back

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 4-5 Dimitrov

And Grigor Dimitrov has wasted the chance to win the fourth set! The Bulgarian crumbles quicker than freshly-baked cookie, giving Murray three vital break points. And he takes one as Dimitrov commits the cardinal sin of an unforced error with the forehand! Now Murray serves to survive....

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-5 Dimitrov*

The fourth set is still in the hands of Grigor Dimitrov - he serves to draw level....

Goran Ivanisevic

2001 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"When you are serving for the set you should always concentrate on the first point. That is the most important thing. If you win the first point then usually you win the game. That is what Dimitrov has to do."

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-5 Dimitrov*

Grigor Dimitrov threatens to tie up this set in Murray's own backyard, making deep incisions in the Briton's defence with some booming backhands. And ferocious forehands.

Murray is apoplectic with self-inflicted rage as Dimitrov forces a set point at 40-40. That goes begging before Murray argues with the umpire on the next point. The ball is called out, umpire says it was in, Murray responds with a jibe of "you're having a shocking day at the office'. Guess what? The umpire is spot on.

Murray puts his game head back on and serves out to win. Just.

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 2-5 Dimitrov

DONG! The clock strikes midnight over in Melbourne - but this night is far from over. Andy Murray serving to stay in this fourth set...

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 2-5 Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov appears to be having some racquet trouble, twiddling with his strings after going 30-15 ahead. Murray plucks an inch-perfect lob out of the top drawer, which Dimitrov scan only slam back into the net for 30-30.

The Bulgarian legs it over to his chair for a fresh racquet, before seeing another sublime Murray bomb loop over his head for 40-40. However, Dimitrov decides that is enough of that, bombing down two thunderous serves to hold.

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 2-4 Dimitrov*

Don't make him angry. Because that's when Andy Murray seems to be at his best - certainly in this match. The Scot goes on the attack, aggressively meeting a Dimitrov drop shot and then a forehand on his way to holding to love.

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 1-4 Dimitrov

The fitness of these two guys continues to astound me. Every seemingly closed alley is closed off, perfectly illustrated as Murray busts a gut to reach a shot backhand from Dimitrov and scoop over the winner at 15-15.

But that's as good as things get for Murray, the Bulgarian taking charge to hold. Murray is angry about something, muttering loudly as he swipes a towel from the ball-girl's hand.

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Andy Murray is looking a bit perturbed with the way things are going, which is hardly surprising when you look at the scoreboard."

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 1-3 Dimitrov*

Grigor Dimitrov
AFP

Andy Murray is wearing the expression of someone rather bemused by Grigor Dimitrov's resistance. The Bulgarian grabs a huge slice of luck in the first point, his backhand almost fully smashing the net cord before flipping over on to Murray's side.

However, Murray puts that behind him to dig in. At game point, a big serve is too hot for the Dimitrov forehand to handle and the Briton sees his side of the scoreboard tick into action.

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 0-3 Dimitrov

Confident play from Grigor Dimitrov as he builds on the break with a service hold to love. Textbook.

Any way back for Murray? Or are we heading on the one-way road to a fifth set?

Dimitrov breaks

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 0-2 Dimitrov*

Andy Murray's serve and volley puts him back to 30-30 before another lengthy rally ends in Dimitrov almost doing the 'splits' in a failed attempt to stop Murray nudging himself ahead.

Is the Bulgarian limping after that? If he is, then the niggle soon disappears as he goes to advantage.

Murray moves close on the net, maybe too close, as he palms Dimitrov's big backhand into the net. First break of the third set goes to Dimitrov.

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 0-1 Dimitrov

Andy Murray, like all Grand Slam winners, is smelling blood now. The Briton nicks another break point as the pair trade hefty blows, but he can't take advantage as Dimitrov survives.

The Bulgarian does more than survive that point though, going on to win a marathon 10-minute game.

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Karan Nightingale: Come on Andy...have jobs to do this morning and I'm getting none done.

Andrew Priestley: Fantastic battling spirit from both of these players. Neither man giving the other an inch. Victory will have to be earned.

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 Dimitrov*

Goran Ivanisevic

2001 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"The Australian Open is the fastest Grand Slam surface by far. That's why I always say it's the best tennis here as everyone goes for their shots."

Murray wins third set

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 Dimitrov*

Andy Murray
AFP

And Andy Murray makes no mistake to take the third set. Smart serving by the 27-year-old leaves Dimitrov scrabbling about at the baseline as he springs forward to win this vital set. A long clench of the fist - and a steely stare - greets the winning point. He's happy.

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 5-3 Dimitrov

Andy Murray serving for the third set and a 2-1 lead....

Murray breaks

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 5-3 Dimitrov

The temperature must be dropping in Melbourne, as Murray's fiancee Kim Sears seeks warmth by pulling her scarf around her face. I think she just wants to show off the rock on her finger to the cameras...

Anyway...the temperature on court is still sizzling hot. Murray moves within sight of the break at 40-15, but sees them swallowed up by Dimitrov's hefty serve. That's 10 of 14 break points that he's watched squirm out of his fingertips...

Then the Briton gets another chance at deuce. And he takes it! Dimitrov hammers into the net.

Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 4-3 Dimitrov*

When the going gets tough, the Andy Murray serve gets going.

Grigor Dimitrov mixes up his range, with a couple of short cross-court forehands leaving Murray floundering at 0-15 and then 15-30.

But two flat serves to Dimitrov's backhand cannot be returned with menace and the British number one sees out a crucial hold.

Murray* 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 3-3 Dimitrov

What do you need at this stage of a Grand Slam last-16 tie? A comfortable hold. And that's what Grigor Dimitrov does. The Bulgarian pins back Murray - pressure back on the Briton.