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Summary

  1. Murray wins 6-3 7-6 6-3 in quarter-final
  2. Scot to play Berdych, conqueror of Nadal
  3. Get involved using #bbctennis or text 81111

Live Reporting

By Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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So it was job done for Andy Murray - and in some style. Aside from dropping his serve once towards the end of the third set, the Briton looked razor-sharp throughout.

He'll face a tougher challenge in Tomas Berdych in the next round on Thursday, but if he can continue this form and carry this momentum, the 27-year-old will be a tough man to beat.

Thanks for your company. It's been a pleasure. Until next time, it's good morning from me. Bye!

If you want to catch up on the match and can't face going through this live text commentary, I'd suggest reading Piers Newbery's

developing report.

That's all the singles play done and dusted for the day, with Andy Murray next in action on Thursday.

But before that, what a day of tennis we have in store tomorrow. Venus Williams will continue her renaissance when she takes on fellow American Madison Keys at 00:00 GMT.

She'll be followed on court by her sister and top seed Serena, who plays 11th seed Dominika Cibulkova. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka follows against Kei Nishikori.

And four-time Australian Open Novak Djokovic headlines the night session when he takes on eighth seed Milos Raonic.

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Alice Stainer: Sounds like Murray was 'lobbing' grenades at Kyrgios. Great stuff. Next match could be a spicy one given Vallverdu connection...

Catie Craig: So thoughtful of Andy Murray finishing in time for me to get to my gym class. Plus great post match on court interview.

Matthew Fowell: Having now beaten two Australians, Murray is not exactly ingratiating himself with the partisan crowd!

Murray through to semi-finals

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 Kyrgios

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I don't know who will win between Murray and Berdych - it's a tricky one to call.

"Murray has got to serve as well as he did today. Berdych hits the ball well, he's higher risk, he hits the ball flatter and Andy has got that safety element.

"But Berdych hasn't won a Slam so I suppose that gives the edge to Murray. One thing is for sure...it's going to be a ripper."

Player reaction

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 Kyrgios

Andy Murray on his semi-final against Tomas Berdych: "It will be another tough match, Thomas is another big, big hitter of the ball. He has played extremely well throughout the tournament - I don't think he has lost a set yet. It is going to be tricky."

Player reaction

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios
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Andy Murray on the home support for Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne: "Understandably Nick got great support from this crowd and to play in front of packed court, with some wonderful players watching on, is wonderful. It's a privilege. Hopefully I can keep it going in next round."

Murray through to the semi-finals

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 Kyrgios

Murray's combination of a higher winner count of 48 to Kyrgios' 36 and low unforced error total of 28 to Kyrgios' 38 was the story of the match today. Meanwhile, the Briton had nine break point opportunities, taking three, while his Australian opponent managed just one from two - and they didn't come until the third set.

Player reaction

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 Kyrgios

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray: "It was a tricky match pretty windy, tough for both of us. I had to start as quickly as possible, I knew what he is capable of and didn't underestimate him. Nick is a huge hitter so I tried to keep the ball out of his reach. I played a slightly different style tonight - and thankfully it worked."

Game, set and match - Murray

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Great performance from Andy Murray. He kept the pressure on Kyrgios, he served well and didn't give him many short balls. By and large he didn't let him get into the match. In the end, the groundstrokes were really dominant. Murray is still going to be fresh for the semi-final - he has only dropped one set - that's what he needs at this stage of the tournament."

Murray through to the semi-finals

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 Kyrgios

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray throws his sweatbands into the crowd, waving to the fans in appreciation and then applauding Kyrgios as he walks off court. The 27-year-old will now contest his fifth Australian Open semi-final and 15th semi-final at a Grand Slam. Tomas Berdych, who beat Rafael Nadal earlier today and who recently hired Murray's ex-coach Dani Vallverdu, will be his opponent in the last four.

Game, set and match

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 Kyrgios

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After a brave performance, Kyrgios looks to have run out of gas as a backhand from Murray sails past for 15-15. The Australian sprays the ball into the tram-lines in the next and then finds himself facing match point as Murray hits a forehand winner. And It's another forehand winner, this time down the line, that seals it. Murray wins.

Murray breaks

*Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 5-3 Kyrgios

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Two very good points by Andy Murray to finish that off. Even champions lose concentration but what they do is bounce back really quickly from a setback."

Murray breaks

*Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 5-3 Kyrgios

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Kyrgios looks reborn, bouncing up from his seat at the changeover and racing to a 30-0 lead on his serve.

But Murray snatches the next and then delivers the kind of defence which has seen him win the big matches, stretching this way and that, doing anything and everything to get the ball back before conjuring up some magic with a delicate top-spin pass which skips past Kyrgios. Back to 30-30.

Soon we're at deuce, the crowd chanting in between points in support of their man Kyrgios. But they can do nothing to help Kyrgios stop a whipping forehand pass glide by for break point.

Murray drags Kyrgios from side-to-side before the Australian can run no more and dumps a forehand into the net. Murray breaks. He will now serve for the match.

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Joel, Pembrokeshire: Wasn't expecting that from Kyrgios! Wow! This could be a long, and brilliant match!

Kyrgios breaks

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

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Kyrgios is still alive - that was a poor game from Murray. The drop shot was a shocker, he clunked it barely halfway into the net. It has got Kyrgios back into the match and this is exactly what Murray didn't want. He got himself into position, quietened the crowd and had Kyrgios kicking himself."

Kyrgios breaks

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

There's an opening for Kyrgios as he gets 15-30 on the Murray serve before play is disrupted while a ball girl retrieves an insect which is flittering around the Briton's feet on the service line.

The Briton wins the next point, but then gifts Kyrgios his first break point of the match by spraying a backhand wide! But the Australian frames his next return, looping the ball high in the air.

It lands in and Krygios chases it to the net putting his racquet out in front of him to shield himself from the incoming smash. Murray does well not to hit the Australian, putting the ball away to win the point.

But a forehand error from Murray is followed by a backhand in the net and Rod Laver Arena erupts. Krygios breaks. He's not done yet.

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Piyal: Andy Murray playing fantastic. Looking fit and firing and playing great on the big points. Come on Andy!!!

Murray breaks

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

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Murray
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"That's an outrageous defensive lob which somehow got over Kyrgios. Murray did the right thing and followed it into net. Murray has hit three of the best lobs I've seen in my life during this match.

"But Kyrgios has primarily lost that break because he was screwing around with that between-his-legs shot into the net at 40-30. He has got to realise he can't do that against these guys."

Murray breaks

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

Murray gets his first real chance in this set as he hauls Krygios back from 40-0 up to deuce and then gets a break point when the Australian double-faults. Could this be the end for the 19-year-old? Oh no! A big forehand saves it.

Another break point. But that's saved, too. Now a third for the Briton. Kyrgios tries a shot between-the-legs as he scrambles to keep himself in play, but unlike the winner he hit against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Murray puts this one way.

Murray breaks and is now just two games away from a semi-final with Tomas Berdych.

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 3-2 Kyrgios*

Kyrgios calls for his towel after putting away a crisp forehand volley to win the first point on the Murray serve. The Briton then goes long and Kyrgios has 0-30! You have to go back to the early part of the first set to find when that last happened.

Can he get his first break point of the match? No he can't. Murray fires in four first serves and rattles off the points to hold. Kyrgios raises his racquet as if to smash it to the ground but then thinks better of it.

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Marc Egan: Top class performance here from Andy on Rod Laver!

And top class patriotism from you, Marc...

*Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 2-2 Kyrgios

Lovely stuff from Kyrgios in this service game, the Australian dictating the points from the off and keeping Murray running for ultimately no reward. The 19-year-old wins the game to love.

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 2-1 Kyrgios*

Murray wipes his brow after firing his sixth ace of the match to move 40-0 clear and then follows it up with a crunching forehand winner. Still no break point for Kyrgios.

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Andrew Neill: With those exquisite lobs has this match now gone over Kyrgios' head too?

Lawrence Garner Allen: A comeback from here would truly show the world that Kyrgios is the 'real deal'. Against Andy in this form, not today I'm afraid.

Nick Wall: This is as good as Murray's ever played - even better than when he won Wimbledon. 3 finals here, I think it'll be 4th time lucky

*Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 1-1 Kyrgios

Kyrgios isn't going down without a fight, the Australian wrapping his racquet around the ball to send it spinning out of court for his 16th winner of the match. Murray shanks a backhand in the next and we're level in the third set.

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 1-0 Kyrgios*

Right then, what has Kyrgios got left? If the Australian is to progress to the next round, he will have to win his third five-setter in five matches.

A crisp forehand return that glides over the net is about as good as it gets for the Australian as Murray cruises through another service game. Big service game for Kyrgios coming up. Very big.

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Kyrgios

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"The two lobs from Murray were the difference in that tie-break. They were great lobs, one on the forehand side, one on the backhand side.

"Kyrgios is not easy to get over the top of, he is a big man and has a great leap. The winner was a perfect lob - it had that much top spin, height and it dropped so quickly that Kyrgios didn't even bother turning to chase.

"I'd imagine that it is too much of an ask for Kyrgios to come back from two sets down against someone of the calibre of Andy Murray."

Game and second set

Murray 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Kyrgios

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Kyrgios clenches his fist and runs towards the crowd roaring with delight after forcing Murray into a backhand error. He has the mini-break! But his joy is short-lived as Murray conjures up arguably the topspin lob of the tournament that Kyrgios doesn't even bother trying to catch.

Now it's Murray who is fist-pumping as he moves into a 5-4 lead. It looks like he's consolidated the break when a second serve is called in, but Kyrgios challenges and wins it for 5-5.

Clever serve from Murray, catching Kyrgios out, to give him set point. And he takes it with another sensational lob. Murray leaps in the air, clenching his fist and shooting a glance to his box. That was a huge point and leaves Kyrgios facing a long way back.

Andy Murray
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Tie-break

Murray 6-3 6-6 (3-3) Kyrgios

Murray with the early advantage, getting the mini-break on the first point and backing it up with a big serve. But Kyrgios pulls off an exquisite volley as he charges to the net to snatch the mini-break back. We're level at 3-3 at the change of ends.

Murray 6-3 6-6 Kyrgios*

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

"Kyrgios and the crowd have picked up a bit as we head to a tie-break. The next few minutes could determine whether we have a long morning/evening or it is done and dusted in 40 minutes."

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Stuart Lesser: Murray doing exactly what he needs to here, pressure Kyrgios on his serve and keep it tight on his own serve.

Tie-break

Murray 6-3 6-6 Kyrgios*

Another ace from Murray, his fifth of the match, and we're heading for a tie-break, folks!

*Murray 6-3 5-6 Kyrgios

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"A very cheeky shot from Nick Kyrgios - that was a tough one to do, the inside out. He learned that one from his mate Bernard Tomic! It was very like what Tomic does. A great shot."

*Murray 6-3 5-6 Kyrgios

A couple of surprising misses from Murray to gift Kyrgios a 30-0 lead on serve. Kyrgios has certainly settled into this match a lot more and is asking more questions of Murray, the sixth seed and two-time Grand Slam champion.

Kyrgios then gets the crowd on its feet as he fires an audacious angled cross-court forehand, the ball just clearing the net and landing in to seal the game. The Australian raises his arms to take in the applause. He's loving it.

Murray 6-3 5-5 Kyrgios*

Andy Murray
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Kyrgios goes big on the first point, but his forehand goes long. Still, it signals his intention for the game. The crowd love it and it's clear they're starting to get more involved in this match. Unfortunately, nothing really goes right for Kyrgios as Murray wins the next three points in quick succession to win the game.

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Paul, Glasgow: I'm not convinced Kyrgios will do much damage to Andy. He is another player who thumps in aces and hits the ball as hard as he can - there is no thought process. Andy at least analyses his shots and watches the other player to work out their game!! I could be wrong because Andy often has a lull in his game and let's other players back in.

*Murray 6-3 4-5 Kyrgios

Kyrgios sees Murray's love service game and fires in one of his own to move one game clear again. Murray must serve to stay in the set in what will be the first bit of any real pressure he's faced all match.

Murray 6-3 4-4 Kyrgios*

Murray continues to ease through his service games with minimal pressure and we're back level in the second set. Still not a single break point for Kyrgios.

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