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Live Reporting

Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Post update

    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!

  2. 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
  3. 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."

  4. Post update

    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."

  5. Post update

    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?

  6. Post update

    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."

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. 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."

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. 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."

  11. Player reaction

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

    Andy Muray

    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."

  12. Post update

    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."

  13. 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...

  14. Post update

    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....

  15. Post update

    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

    "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."

  16. Post update

    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....

  17. 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....

  18. Post update

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

    Andy Murray

    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.

    (*Other diggers are available)

  19. 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."

  20. 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."

  21. 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....

  22. Post update

    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....

  23. Post update

    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."

  24. Post update

    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.

  25. Post update

    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...

  26. Post update

    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.

  27. Post update

    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.

  28. Post update

    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.

  29. Post update

    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."

  30. Post update

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

    Grigor Dimitrov

    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.

  31. Post update

    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?

  32. 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.

  33. Post update

    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.

  34. Get involved


    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.

  35. Post update

    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."

  36. Murray wins third set

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

    Andy Murray

    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.

  37. Post update

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

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

  38. 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.

  39. Post update

    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.

  40. Post update

    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.

  41. Post update

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

    Despite edging ahead, Murray is not a happy bunny after that wrong double bounce call. He marches back to his seat, wagging and pointing his finger towards the umpire Jake Garner. There are also a few words - likely to be unrepeatable - exchanged.

  42. Post update

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

    Andy Murray fans

    Murray manages a broad smile at the end of that previous game as he prepares to serve. I wouldn't be smiling if I'd just blown those chances.

    But that soon turns into a scowl as the Briton claims a frankly unbelievable return from Dimitrov bounced twice. And he's right! However, Murray still manages to win that point for 40-15 and closes out for the hold.

  43. Post update

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

    Murray decides to stand up again to the Dimitrov serve, meeting every one with a firm forehand at the baseline. That earns him a break point early in the third, only to plant this chance at 40-30 into the net.

    The Bulgarian offers another invitation at deuce, which is again declined, then offers a third with a double fault. Murray does not take advantage and passes up a fourth break too after the sole-squeaking pair scamper around court.

    Dimitrov finally sees daylight in this tunnel of an eight-minute game and makes Murray pay at the first chance.

  44. Get involved


    Laura Lambert: Level in scores at 1-1, but mentally Dimitrov leads having twice come back from a break down in 2nd set. Are we on for an epic? #bbctennis

    Matty Hernandez: Baby Fed is smashing it against Muzza #bbctennis

  45. Post update

    Murray 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 2-1 Dimitrov*

    After the high-energy, high-tempo opening two sets, this third set is proving to be a far more sedate affair. The server, this time Murray, controls the game again as Dimitrov can't find his returning game.

  46. Post update

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

    "Whatever you can do I can do better," is what Grigor Dimitrov may or may not be singing in his head. The Bulgarian follows Murray's lead, holding his service game to love too.

  47. Post update

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

    But Murray's rage clearly worked as a cathartic release. The next game? A quickfire hold to love.

  48. Post update

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

    Murray is absolutely livid with himself. The Briton throws his racquet to the ground, threatens to fling his water bottle into the Melbourne air like a frisbee, then shouts and gesticulates like a madman. Get that anger out Andy...

  49. Dimitrov wins second set

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

    Grigor Dimitrov

    Murray misses a sitter of a backhand, instead going for the lob which Dimitrov snaffles without a second thought. That's 3-2 to Dimitrov. Not for long....

    What. A. Pass! The Rod Laver Arena is up on its feet as Dimitrov sprints, scampers and stretches to answer a host of Murray questions which are being peppered all over the court. Then, somehow beats the Briton with a wonderful passing winner.

    He breaks again for 5-2, before Murray nicks one back. Not for long though as the Briton smashes a forehand return into the net. Three set points...

    One saved. Two saved. But not the third. Dimitrov's booming serve is meekly returned into the net by Murray and the Bulgarian goes nuts.

  50. Tie-break

    Murray 6-4 6-6 Dimitrov*

    And that error from the British number one means it is time. Tie-break time!

  51. Post update

    Murray 6-4 6-6 Dimitrov*

    Dimitrov has never fought back from two-sets down to win - and he still doesn't have to. Yet.

    A couple of strange shots from Murray sees him trail 30-0, then Dimitrov reads his serve again for two break points. Lifeline for the Bulgarian.

    He doesn't accept either offer though, sliding two cross-court forehands wide. Murray earns a reprieve but Dimitrov, seemingly with the backing of the Aussie crowd, goes on the offensive. He volleys a winner for the advantage and Murray, inexplicably, double faults for the game. A gift.

  52. Murray break

    Murray* 6-4 6-5 Dimitrov

    Is this the second-set break that Murray craves? Yes it is!

    The British number one has three bites of the break apple, but sinks his teeth into the first as he forces Dimitrov into a wayward lob which drifts out of the court.

    Now he is serving for the second set...

  53. Post update

    Murray 6-4 5-5 Dimitrov*

    This is top drawer tennis. Murray edges a 17-shot rally to go 30-15 ahead, drawing more support from a couple of young ladies covered in face paint and draped in Saltires.

    Then, the Scot sees out the game with a couple of strong serves. Solid stuff. Now where's that break gone...

  54. Post update

    Murray* 6-4 4-5 Dimitrov

    Murray cranks up the pressure again. Dimitrov lurches forward and bundles into the net to trail 30-0. The Briton sees his lob picked off before he earns two break points with a pair of brutal backhands.

    One goes begging with an awkward backhand that pings out to Dimitrov's left. The other? That also goes begging with an awkward forehand that pings out to Dimitrov's right.

    Deuce it is. Murray's missus Kim Sears offers an encouraging clap for her man, who survives a couple of game points. But he doesn't survive a third as his drop shot floats into the braided mesh. Chance(s) gone.

  55. Post update

    Gigi Salmon

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    "Dimitrov gives a fist pump but he is having to work so hard for everything."

  56. Get involved


    Ben Roach: WHAT A WIN FOR KYRGIOS! 5 set thriller! Murray has a good record against him. Just Dimitrov to dispose of first... #AusOpen #bbctennis

    Shohidur Rahman: Krygios you beast. What a comeback! #bbctennis

    Ian Rhodes: Great to see some of the younger payers really stepping their game up @AustralianOpen #bbctennis

  57. Post update

    Murray 6-4 4-4 Dimitrov*

    Move on, nothing much to see here. Routine service game for Murray, as he holds to love.

  58. Post update

    Murray* 6-4 3-4 Dimitrov

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "A real goosebumps moment as the crowd on Laver erupts at the news that Kyrgios has won that epic on Hisense. Prolonged applause delays Murray and Dimitrov at the not insignificant point of 3-3, deuce. Another burst of applause follows as the Kyrgios news flashes up on the scoreboard at the changeover. It has been 39 years since an Australian man won the title."

  59. Post update

    Murray* 6-4 3-4 Dimitrov

    If this was an arm wrestle then Dimitrov would be back in an upright position. Murray was pushing down hard at a set and a break up, threatening to apply the pressure.

    But the Bulgarian has found some much-needed energy and resolve - not least in this game. The 23-year-old is under the cosh again as the pair exchange several points at deuce, before desperately clinging on to his serve.

  60. Wonder from Down Under

    Nick Kyrgios

    Fans stand and applaud inside the Rod Laver Arena as news filters through from the other court that home favourite Nick Kyrgios has won his five-set duel with Italian Andreas Seppi.

    He came from match point down to defeat Roger Federer's conqueror 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 8-6.

    The 19-year-old says he has no preference between Murray and Dimitrov for his quarter-final opponent.

  61. Dimitrov breaks back

    Murray 6-4 3-3 Dimitrov*

    Wow! What a game.

    A rare error from Murray as a double fault at 15-15 gives Dimitrov a sneaky peek at the break. And another loose serve sticks it right under the Bulgarian's nose.

    That's two break points to the Bulgarian, who sees one slip through his grasp after a tremendous point which sees both players dashing around the court. But Dimitrov snaffles the second as he screams up at his box with pure pleasure.

  62. Get involved


    Misslad: Absolutely amazing. Really can see the work with Amelie paying off. She's really influenced Andy's already brilliant game #bbctennis

    Johnjackknife: What ever Murray has done in the winter I need to get some he's coasting through the Australian open like a freight train #bbctennis

  63. Post update

    Murray* 6-4 3-2 Dimitrov

    Andy Murray

    Breathless stuff in the Rod Laver Arena. Not least for Grigor Dimitrov, who stays within one on the scoreboard by serving out to love. The Bulgarian mutters to himself as he takes his seat and gulps a huge intake of water. He knows he has got work to do.

  64. Post update

    Murray 6-4 3-1 Dimitrov*

    Murray retreats to the baseline, inviting Dimitrov to go on the attack. But then the Briton springs out of the traps like a hungry greyhound, pouncing on the ball to flick beyond the stranded Bulgarian after his cross-court return clips the net. That's 30-15.

    One return goes awry as Dimitrov squares, but two thunderous serves leave the Bulgarian all limp wristed in his attempts to return.

  65. Murray breaks

    Murray* 6-4 2-1 Dimitrov

    Stunning stuff from Andy Murray!

    The British number one digs out his third backhand winner - this one as clean as a whistle - to go 30-15 ahead. His next cross-court effort is not quite as slick, but he earns another break point by drilling a firm forehand at the Bulgarian's feet.

    Dimitrov didn't have his dancing shoes then, and he can't get his feet right again as he plants a return into the net. Murray jigs in delight.

  66. Post update

    Murray 6-4 1-1 Dimitrov*

    Can Murray follow suit and cling on to his serve? Yes he can!

    The Briton is forced to jump over the hurdle of deuce but blasts down a second serve on game point to move level. Dimitrov face palms himself.

  67. Post update

    Murray* 6-4 0-1 Dimitrov

    Gregor Dimitrov

    Let's see what Dimitov can dig out of the drawer in response.

    He pins Murray back on the ropes before the Briton bounces back into the ring - Rocky Balboaesque - with a brilliant forehand punch of his own for 15-15.

    However, Dimitrov reasserts his control to hold serve.

  68. Get involved


    Andy Brown: Wow, Murray just went right into Dimitrov's back pocket and stole that set!#bbctennis #ausopen

    Mike Willis: Dimitrov would've won that set against 99% of other players. Quality stuff from both guys! #BBCTennis #AusOpen

    Greg Edwards: This is a completely different Murray to last year. Much more aggressive and playing closer to the baseline! Good work Mauresmo! #bbctennis

  69. Game and first set - Murray

    Murray 6-4 Dimitrov

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Murray has played few better sets than that since he won Wimbledon, weathering a brilliant 16 minutes from Dimitrov and wrestling control with some magnificent returning in particular. Shouts of "Come on Andy!" much more in evidence now."

  70. Game and first set - Murray

    Murray 6-4 Dimitrov

    "Oooh," gasp the crowd as a wild Dimitrov return flies well past the whitewash. The Bulgarian shakes his head in disbelief and disgust. And then he can only do the same again as Murray, with two set points in the bag, fires down an ace on the first opportunity.

    What a turnaround from Murray!

  71. Murrays breaks

    Murray* 5-4 Dimitrov

    Andy Murray

    From 3-0 down to serving for the set! No wonder Andy Murray looks pleased with himself.

    The Briton blows his first chance of a break at 40-30 by finding the net, which leads to a look to the heavens and few unrepeatable mutterings under his breath. Deuce.

    But Murray's world is suddenly a better place within seconds. He pounces early on a loose Dimitrov serve, then finishes the job with a forehand winner as Dimitrov is left scrambling at the other side of the court.

  72. Post update

    Goran Ivanisevic

    2001 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Andy is really pumped, ready and feels he is ready to win a Grand Slam. He's fit, hitting the ball great and the draw is good for him."

  73. Get involved


    Sarah Alonze: Never underestimate Murray. He might not have come out of the starting blocks like Dimitrov, but he's built for the long haul.

  74. Post update

    Murray 4-4 Dimitrov*

    Murray looks relaxed as he realigns his black t-shirt after holding to love within about 90 seconds. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it sort of game.

  75. Post update

    Murray* 3-4 Dimitrov

    Dimitrov started like an Intercity 125 express train, but has been slowed down by controller Murray.

    The Briton senses another chance to break his opponent's serve but goes long after an intense rally for 30-40 and then can't return a thunderous Dimitrov serve.

    That's a big notch on the scoreboard for the Bulgarian.

  76. Post update

    Murray 3-3 Dimitrov*

    Andy Murray is finding more rhythm than a Strictly Come Dancing star now. The Briton spanks down three aces to leave Dimitrov floundering - and the scoreboard looking healthy. Len Goodman would be giving him a 'nine' if he was marking that game...

  77. Post update

    Murray* 2-3 Dimitrov

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Murray has pummelled away at the Dimitrov backhand, clearly a gameplan, and for 20 minutes it wasn't working. It took that breathtaking backhand winner for Murray to unsettle the Bulgarian, and his vociferous knot of supporters, and a flashing return to get the break back. Meanwhile, the crowd roars at the changeover as news filters through that Kyrgios has forced a fifth against Seppi."

  78. Around the courts

    Nick Kyrgios

    Home hope Nick Kyrgios is into a final set against Italian Andreas Seppi after winning a tie-break in the fourth set.

    Backed by a boisterous Australian following, Kyrgios took the breaker 7-5 against Roger Federer's conqueror.

    The winner will face off against Murray or Dimitrov in the last eight.

  79. Murray breaks back

    Murray* 2-3 Dimitrov

    "Come on!" shouts a fist-clenching Andy Murray. Exactly what the tennis doctor ordered.

    The British number one produces a moment of brilliance when he needs it - a flick of the left hand pings the ball over the net and across court at the acutest of angles - to go 40-30 ahead. Even Dimitrov smiles wistfully.

    And the Bulgarian can't recover in the next point as Murray breaks back.

  80. Get involved


    James Stevenson: What a start from Dimitrov. This is Murray's sternest test so far for sure. 10 minutes for the first 3 games. Ouch!

  81. Post update

    Murray 1-3 Dimitrov*

    Andy Murray

    Murray looks a little shell-shocked as he throws up for the second game. As does coach Amelie Mauresmo, who grimaces up in the Briton's box.

    Dimitrov hammers a backhand return on Murray's second serve to go 30-30, then the pair trade points as we go to deuce. Murray goes to the review system to claim back a wrongly-called serve and another rasping opener can only be palmed into net by Dimitrov.

    Murray on the scoreboard.

  82. Get involved

    Pat Cash, 1987 Wimbledon champion: "#andyMurray or #dimitrov?? Having watched Dimitrov closely last match, not sure he has enough to hurt Murray on a cool night, we will see."

  83. Post update

    Murray* 0-3 Dimitrov

    Dimitrov is pumped! The Bulgarian lets out a whoop as Murray goes long again for 30-30 after the pair exchange punch and counter punch in a rally. No way back for the Briton, who slaps a big Dimitrov serve into the net.

  84. Dimitrov breaks

    Murray 0-2 Dimitrov*

    Murray's service game has been the cornerstone of his Australian Open campaign thus far. But it has already been smashed apart.

    Dimitrov takes the first point with a sumptuous forehand that licks the paint before moving the gears to earn two break points.

    He needs just one. Murray's return goes big, he challenges the call, he's wrong. Perfect start for Dimitrov.

  85. Post update

    Murray* 0-1 Dimitrov

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "You might not believe me if you're in or near the UK, but it's a bit chilly in Melbourne this evening. Last year's 40C days are a distant memory and we're down to a breezy 18C on Rod Laver Arena this evening. A few squeals in the crowd signalled the arrival of Dimitrov and a significantly throatier roar greeted Murray."

  86. Post update

    Murray* 0-1 Dimitrov

    Grigor Dimitrov means business judging by the opening game.

    The Bulgarian is aggressive from the first toss, thundering down big serves and hammering the passing forehands. Murray has little answer and it is a comfortable hold.


    Murray 0-0 Dimitrov*

    Goran Ivanisevic

    2001 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Andy is my favourite to make the final. I feel he is ready to be there and maybe win, he is ready to win more Grand Slams.

    "It wasn't Andy at Wimbledon last year. It was some other Andy. I don't know how he even got to the quarter-finals. This is completely different - he's really focused."

  88. Post update

    Here we go. Dimitrov to keep off the action....

  89. BBC coverage

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Gigi Salmon and the BBC 5 live sports extra team have cranked up the generator and are broadcasting loud and clear from Melbourne Park.

    Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is providing expert analysis - to the relief of the 5 live sports extra team. The Croatian decided to play a practical joke on them by claiming he had forgot about the job. He was sat in the restaurant waiting for them...

    You can tune in on your digital radio, but, if all that seem like too much hassle, then just click on the play button at the top of this page. Don't forget to keep reading though.

    Never forget that...

  90. Get involved

    #bbctennis or via text on 81111

    It is chilly in Blighty. And it is hardly balmy as night falls in Melbourne. Let's warm things up by generating some social media heat.

    Earlier we talked about Andy Murray's bad day at the office at the hands of Dimitrov at Wimbledon. So why don't you tell me about your own bad days at the office (sporting or actually at your place of employment)? In fact I insist.

    Use #bbctennison Twitter or text 81111 if that's more your thing.

  91. Post update

    Murray v Dimitrov
  92. Post update

    The countdown is ticking down quickly. Both players march out on to court in the Rod Laver Arena to a generous round of applause from the packed stands. If sporting fashion is something you are particularly interested in, you'll be keen to know Andy Murray is decked out all in black. Like a slimmer, less scary Jonah Lomu....

  93. Post update


    Now Murray has the chance to gain his revenge against Grigor Dimitrov, the Bulgarian who ripped his Wimbledon title out of his grasp and trampled all over it in straight sets on Centre Court.

    Dimitrov, aka Mr Maria Sharapova, stands between Murray and a place in his 16th straight Grand Slam quarter-final.

    Revenge is best served cold so they say. Ice cold, lukewarm, boiling hot - whatever the temperature - Murray will enjoy it.

  94. Post update

    We've all had bad days at the office. Because we've not met the strict deadline for that important piece of paperwork. Because we've had a schooling by some smarmy colleague in a meeting. Because we've had a blazing row with the gaffer.

    But the difference between the likes of us and Andy Murray (unless you're a professional sportsman too) is that those bad days are not played out in front of the eyes of millions around the world.

    Unfortunately, the British number one had one of those days back in July. At Wimbledon. As he defended his men's singles crown in SW19.

  95. Post update

    Andy Murray

    "Today was a bad day. I made many mistakes, unforced errors, and then started going for too much and taking chances that weren't really there.

    "I think I hit maybe one backhand winner the entire match, which isn't normally what I do. It was a tough day all around."

    Andy Murray. Wimbledon. July 2014.