Murray sees of Jeremy Chardy to reach Australian Open semi-final

Andy Murray sailed through to the semi-final of the Australian Open for a forth year running after his straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy.

The British number one 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.

Murray now awaits the winner of tonight’s meeting between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The world No 3 broke in the opening game of the match and was quickly leading 4-0 – with Chardy his own worst enemy. The Frenchman, though, responded brilliantly with three games on the bounce to put Murray under pressure.

But the Scot weathered the storm to take the set and then eased through the gears.

Chardy might have held his serve at the start of the second but Murray rattled off six games on the bounce to move clear of the world No 36.

And things got worse for Chardy as Murray won the first three games of the third set to all-but put the game beyond doubt.

Chardy finally stopped the rot as he held serve in the fourth game – and although Murray broke again he missed the chance to serve for the match.

It was only a brief respite for Chardy, though, as Murray broke again to clinch the match

‘Today was the best I have played (in the  tournament),”Murray said.

‘Jeremy has beaten some great players so I had  to come out sharp.’ he continued.

As for tonight’s match with Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Murray said: ‘I’ll watch a little bit but not the whole  match, ‘I will get an early night and hope that Roger and Jo play for  four or five hours!’