Andy Murray believes he produced his best tennis of the Australian Open so far during his four-set victory over David Ferrer in the quarter-finals in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old second seed needed three hours and 20 minutes to beat the Spaniard 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3 and claim his place in the Australian Open last four for a sixth time in seven years.
Murray’s performance on Wednesday completed arguably the best week British tennis has had in nearly four decades, after his compatriot Johanna Konta advanced to the semis in the women’s event, and his brother Jamie reached the men’s doubles final four with his partner, Brazil’s Bruno Soares.
“It’s pretty good for us to have people competing in almost all of the competitions.” “It’s been a good Australian Open so far. Hopefully we can keep it going,” Murray admitted after the match.
“I think today was probably the best match I played, especially in the second and third set. I started hitting the ball better from the back of the court.
“Obviously the last few days have been tough and maybe I hadn’t played my best tennis and managed to get through.”
The four-time runner-up in Australia has had a stressful couple of days off the court, after his father-in-law and coach of Ana Ivanovic, Nigel Sears, collapsed in the stands on Saturday.
Initial reports claimed that Sears had suffered a heart attack, but he was given the all-clear by a cardiologist and discharged from hospital the following day.
Sears has since returned to Britain to be with his pregnant daughter, Murray’s wife Kim, leaving the two-time grand slam champion to focus on winning another one of tennis’ majors.
“Obviously I want to win these events. That’s why I’m still playing. After a tough year in 2014, I think I’m now sort of established again at the top of the game and giving myself chances,” he added.
“That’s all I can keep doing. And working hard. I’ll give it my best in the next few days.”
Murray will play Milos Raonic in Friday’s semi-final.