Tennis – Murray gears up for Ferrer showdown


Four-time finalist Andy Murray has said he will prepare himself for another “tough match” when he takes on David Ferrer of Spain in the quarter-finals at the 2016 Australian Open.

Less than 48 hours after rushing to hospital to visit his father-in-law Nigel Sears, who collapsed while watching his charge Ana Ivanovic during her last match, Murray overcame the challenge of home fancy Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7/4) at the Rod Laver Arena.
The two-time Grand Slam winner said he experienced “a lot of emotions” in the build-up to his fourth-round clash in Melbourne and was relieved to get over the line. It means he will join another British player, women’s main draw debutant Johanna Konta, in the last eight Down Under.
Next up for the Scot is an awkward quarter-final clash against Ferrer, although Murray has won his last five meetings against the Spaniard – and also beat him in the semi-finals of the 2011 Australian Open.
On his last-eight showdown against Ferrer, Murray added: “Tough match…100 per cent it’s not going to be an easy match because he makes you work very hard. He’s a great player. He’s been at the top for 10 years now, he’s got a lot of experience so it’s going to be tricky.”
British number one Andy Murray is currently priced 7/2 by Bet365 in the 2016 men’s Australian Open outright winner betting and quarter-final opponent David Ferrer is available to back at 40/1.