Murray blasts boring win as Brit bags last-eight slot

BRITAIN’S Andy Murray described his 49-minute win over Mikhail Kukushkin as “boring” and “pointless” after taking his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

The fourth seed was leading 6-1, 6-1, 1-0 when his Kazakh opponent, ranked 92 in the world, was forced to retire with a hip injury. “It was boring,” said Murray. “There was nothing happening. I didn’t have to do anything, just hit the ball in court and he wasn’t running. He was making mistakes the first or second ball of the rally. That was it. It was pointless.”

The easiest of victories means Murray will meet Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the last eight tomorrow and remains on course for a semi-final with world No1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic.