Consecutive wins sweep Murray through to Queen’s quarter-final

FEARS of a gruelling day at Queen’s Club for British No1 Andy Murray proved wide of the mark, as the Scot breezed into the Aegon Championships quarter-finals with two straight sets victories yesterday.

Murray resumed his rain-disrupted second round match with Nicolas Mahut leading by one set and level at 2-2 in the second, eventually going through after the Frenchman forced a tie-break.

And three and a half hours later he was back on centre court to defeat Australia’s Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2 in under an hour.

The 26-year-old is set to continue his tournament today against Benjamin Becker and is fighting fit having suffered no repeat of the back injury that forced him to miss last week’s French Open.

“The back felt great, especially with the conditions we have had,” he said. “Even with all the stopping and starting it feels great. That is probably the most satisfying thing.”

Meanwhile, an extraordinary week for compatriot Dan Evans ended with a third round defeat to third seed Juan Martin del Potro, 6-0, 6-3.