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Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the fourth year in a row after a swift win against France's Jeremy Chardy.
The Briton, 25, kept up his record of not having dropped a set this year with a 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory in one hour and 51 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
Murray, the third seed, will face the winner of the night session match between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last four.
And he will expect a far more serious examination than anything he has experienced so far at Melbourne Park.
Chardy, ranked 36th, was appearing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final compared to Murray's 15th, and had won their previous encounter in Cincinnati last year.
The 25-year-old Frenchman also caused the biggest surprise in the men's draw in Melbourne when he beat sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro in round three.
But Murray led their personal duel 4-1 overall and was well aware that Chardy favoured his huge forehand - he would spend much of the match skipping sideways around his backhand to wind up on that side.
It was the US Open champion who came out firing, breaking straight away when Chardy dumped a volley into the net and quickly running through the first four games.
After such a poor start, and with the set seemingly gone, Chardy began to swing freely and put some pressure on the Briton.
A break to love helped him cut the deficit to 4-3, and Murray was in some trouble serving at 30-30 but came through with a service winner and a second-serve ace down the middle.
The Scot converted his third set point after 44 minutes and made his move early once again the second, which ran a similar course to the opener.
A backhand lob and a deep return helped him break in game three and a 4-1 lead looked to be enough.
Chardy again threatened a comeback but, facing two break points in game six, Murray hit a fizzing cross-court winner before some elastic defence helped him save the second.
The Briton was in the mood now, showing the form of a Grand Slam contender for the first time in the tournament.
Murray stretched his run of unanswered games to eight and, despite prolonging matters by dropping serve with victory in sight, his afternoon's work leaves him as fresh as he could wish for Friday's semi-final.

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Murray puts Serena on the bench
As he usually does during the grand slams, Andy Murray has been writing a newspaper column between matches. Here, it is for The Australian and it is a nice way of getting a little bit more of his character out there to audiences that might not otherwise know much about him or what kind of person he is, at least away from the court.
The columns are generally quite light-hearted and fun – in France his column in L’Equipe was called “Dandy Andy” and they are obviously a good PR move, not least because Murray gives his time for free, rather than trying to fleece a few extra quid out of the struggling newspaper business.
After his fourth-round win over Gilles Simon, he answered a series of questions sent in by readers of The Australian, one of which focused on one of his other loves, football. As most people know, Murray had to choose between football and tennis when he was young and had he chosen football, he could have played for Rangers. Thankfully for Britain, he chose tennis but he still loves football and enjoyed answering a question about which four top-20 players would he pick to make up the perfect 5-a-side team, alongside himself.
While Novak Djokovic got an honourable mention, Murray’s choices were: “Rafa (Nadal) in the midfield, Jo-Wilfried (Tsonga) up front, Kei Nishikori flying down the right wing, David Ferrer getting up and down the pitch and Serena as the ultimate substitute. That’d be my five-a-side dream football team!”
Having a woman player as a sub was part of the criteria and Murray had no hesitation in saying: “It was a pretty simple answer. Serena. She is an awesome athlete and physically the strongest player.”


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