• Murray battles Berankis in round three

    1/18/13 4:42 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray battles Berankis in round three World No. 3 Andy Murray looks to extend his run at the Australian Open with a victory over Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis. The winner moves ahead to face either 14th seed Gilles Simon or former world No. 7 Gael Monfils in round four.

    Third seed Andy Murray is through to the round of 32 by virtue of his straight-sets dismissal of Portugal's Joao Sousa. The 25-year-old Scot tallied 14 aces and 28 winners en route to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory in 101 minutes.

    "He plays well, he is not that tall and he hits the ball pretty big from the back of the court," Murray said of Berankis.

    The reigning US Open champion is seeking his fifth consecutive round of 16 berth in Melbourne.

    Berankis earned a spot in round three with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 upset of 25th seed Florian Mayer. The 22-year-old Lithuanian will be looking to secure his first round of 16 at the Grand Slam.

    Prediction: Murray in straight sets.

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Joao Sousa?

tennisnba , 1/19/13 5:06 AM

This Berankis boy hits his forehand more like a slice; I like the way he fights.

luckystar , 1/19/13 5:26 AM

Is he any relation to Jerzy Boy?


Conspirator , 1/19/13 5:45 AM

Good fight by Berankis, nice BH DTL and CC forehand. He plays like the young Nole.

luckystar , 1/19/13 5:54 AM

Andy, not at his best, comes through against a very talented, gutsy player.
Don't mind how he did it :) Come on :)
JMDP why I never worry about the draws but possibly Andy's poorer play this match could be explained by 3 mid-day matches...?

deuce , 1/19/13 8:49 AM

Roger and Del potro are playing a game 8 times by the SF or QF last year.

now, Del potro.. seems to have a problem in condition. He is lose today. When playing a game with Roger, he is in the almost best state.

tennisnba , 1/19/13 9:06 AM

Murray is lucky. easy draw now.

tennisnba , 1/19/13 9:10 AM

... especially semis.


Conspirator , 1/19/13 12:19 PM

Not counting ANY chickens. Chardy playing well can cause Andy heaps of problems.

deuce , 1/19/13 12:30 PM

Well done, muzz, straight sets after an under-par performance is good.

And yes he could not have asked for better than an injured simon/monfils, followed by chardy/seppi as the route to the SFs.

alex , 1/19/13 1:09 PM

This wasnt a convincing win from Murray but Murray will at least reach the SF

tennis2011 , 1/19/13 4:13 PM

Just caught the highlights.

Love to see berankis play ferrer.

alex , 1/19/13 5:46 PM

Ferrer had already met and beaten Berankis at the AO2011 in the third round too. Ferrer had beaten him in straight sets. At that time, I thought Berankis plays like a young Nole. This time he's playing even better than in 2011.

luckystar , 1/19/13 5:54 PM

Pity about his height, a real disadvantage in the brutality of the modern game. A future ferrer, ever present nearly man? Will a guy of his size ever win a slam again?

alex , 1/19/13 6:07 PM

Berankis is what 5 feet 7 inches I dont think someone who is 5 feet 7 inches will ever win a slam in mens tennis again

tennis2011 , 1/19/13 7:34 PM

Rod Laver was like 5 feet 8 inches, thats why I believe he will get killed by the great modern tennis players. The ideal height for tennis is 6-1 to 6 feet 3 anything more than 6 feet 3 i guess its too tall. Thats why players like Cilic,Janowicz, Isner will never be great

tennis2011 , 1/19/13 7:38 PM

Delpo an exception. For his shrek-like, lumbering posture he's deceptively mobile around the court and has amazingly delicate hands at the net. But I pretty much agree.

alex , 1/19/13 9:02 PM

And suddenly, Muzz path to the semis ended up being easier than Djokovic's :)

I hope Federer can get to the semis as well, I would love to see another Roger-Muzz match in a slam.

Emiliano55 , 1/19/13 9:31 PM

Berankis is not 5 ft 7 inches tall, he's 5ft 9 inches (1.75m) like Ferrer but he has a ferocious forehand and his backhand DTL shots are very good. He's more like a little Nole than Ferrer. Well, giants will survive in the future once the current top four guys faded away. The top four guys won't be around for ever and these giants are young enough now to take advantage after the current top four are gone. Berankis might be able to survive the giants as he has mobility on his side (like Ferrer for example, beating the likes of Delpo and Berdych). Whether Berankis would win any slam, that depends on how good the next generation is.

None of the giants are great movers except Cilic and Jerzy. Delpo looks like he's lumbering on the court most of the time, Cilic is rather light footed and moves rather quickly for his height. Tomic, while he has improved in his movement, is still considered slow by current standard.

luckystar , 1/20/13 12:52 AM

Cilic and Janowicz dont have it in them to string together 7 best of 5 set matches Tomic moves too slow and Isners return game and movement isnt great. of all the tall players Janowicz and Cilic have time on their side so they can improve but neither can win a major. Isner will move down the rankings in a year or so his game is too limited

tennis2011 , 1/20/13 5:32 PM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
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