Australian Open: British duo Andy Murray and Johanna Konta reach last eight

Andy Murray Australian Open 2016

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British duo Andy Murray and Johanna Konta have reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after they both came through their respective fourth-round matches.

In the men’s side of the draw, world number two Murray produced a dominant display as he dispatched home favourite Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-4
7-6 (7-4) to set up a quarter-final showdown with Spain’s David Ferrer.

The Scot has now reached the quarter-final stage at Melbourne in each of the last seven years, but he knows he will face a tough task in the last eight against the experienced number eight seed.

Murray said: “It’s not going to be an easy match, he makes you work extremely hard and has been at the top of the game for 10 years now so he’s got a lot of experience.”

Konta by contrast will play in her first major quarter-final after she came from a set down to defeat number 21 seed Ekaterina Makarova 4-6
6-4 8-6 in her last-16 clash.

The world number 47 becomes the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals of a major since Jo Durie achieved the feat at Wimbledon in 1984, whilst it is the first time a British male and female have reached the last eight of the same major since 1977.

There were also victories on Monday for Milos Raonic, who beat fourth seed Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils in the men’s side of the draw, whilst Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka progressed in the ladies event.

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