Andy Murray was pleased that his movement improved as his match against Sam Querrey went on, having eased through to the last-16 of the Australian Open.
Murray saw off the big-serving American 6-4 6-2 6-4 to set up a clash with Mischa Zverev in the fourth round in Melbourne, showing few signs of the ankle problem he sustained in his win over Andrey Rublev.
I felt better and better as the match went on in terms of my movement.
However, five-time Melbourne runner-up Murray admitted that he was a little slow to get going, pointing to a key hold of serve at 4-3 down in the first set as a key moment in the match.
“I felt better and better as the match went on in terms of my movement,” Murray admitted.
“I was a little bit hesitant maybe at the beginning. It was a little bit sore, but I was moving well at the end, so that was very positive.
“Sam, especially in the first set, was hitting a huge ball.
“There was a key moment at 3-4 when I saved a break point and then managed to break the next game and I had the momentum after that.”
Murray and Zverev have only met on one previous occasion, with the Scot winning 6-2 6-2 on the clay in Munich in 2015.
The world number one can be backed at 1/66 to defeat Zverev again and is 1/4 to do so in straight sets, while Murray is 10/3 to prevail in a four-set encounter.
Also through to round four in Murray’s half of the draw is former champion Stan Wawrinka, who was pushed hard before he overcame Viktor Troicki 3-6 6-2 6-2 7-6.