Murray ends Tomic’s Open campaign

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Murray ends Tomic’s Open campaign

Andy Murray has ended home hopes at the Australian Open for another year with a hard-earned straight-sets fourth-round win over Bernard Tomic.

Murray trumped Tomic 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in two hours and 30 minutes on Monday night, the defeat extending Australia’s title drought to 38 years since unseeded giantkiller Chris O’Neil captured the women’s singles crown in Melbourne back in 1978.

Tomic played catch up all night at Rod Laver Arena as the reigning Olympic champion and world No.2 overcame a disrupted and dramatic build-up to improve his perfect tour record against Australian rivals to a crazy 19-0, and surge into the last eight for a seventh time.

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