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Friday 20 January 2017 09:15 AM GMT
Aus Open Day 5: Murray, Kerber and Venus hit cruise control rounds up the action from Day 5 at the 2017 Australian Open. READ MORE

Has there ever been a better executor of the lob than Andy Murray? 

In the past 18 months, it has become the world No.1’s signature shot and on Friday at the Australian Open, he used it time and time again to leave Sam Querrey stretching at shadows.

Fears about the ankle he half-turned in the second round at Melbourne Park were quickly forgotten – “it was a bit sore but I was moving well by the end, so it’s very positive,” – as Murray produced probably his best performance of the week so far, producing a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory to move into the fourth round. "I think I'm playing a little bit better with every match".

After the shock defeat of Novak Djokovic on Thursday, Murray was well aware of the danger posed by Sam Querrey, who took Djokovic out at the same stage of Wimbledon last summer.

The big American has real weapons and when he held a break point at 3-3, a few bells were ringing. But Murray saved it and from then on he was totally in command, pulling Querrey around on a string at times, with the drop shot-lob combination especially effective.

Murray’s movement was outstanding and it took him just less than two hours to secure victory and a clash with German Mischa Zverev, the elder, lesser known brother of Sascha, who is into the last-16 of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

Normal service restored 

If Angelique Kerber thought she was seeing double when she played her third-round match on Friday, she could have been forgiven.

Her opponent, Kristyna Pliskova, is the twin sister of fifth seed Karolina, whom Kerber beat to win the US Open last September.

The left-handed Kristyna is a former junior champion at Wimbledon but she was totally outplayed as Kerber rebounded from a shaky performance in the second round with a showing more like her rock-solid self, winning 6-0, 6-4 to reach the fourth round.

Around the Grounds

Coco Vandeweghe took out Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets while the evergreen Venus Williams crushed Ying-Ying Duan of China 6-1, 6-0.

Stan Wawrinka held off Viktor Troicki in four sets while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga joined him in the last 16.

Andreas Seppi, Nick Kyrgios' conqueror, continued his run with a four-set win over Steve Darcis.

Good Evans

At the end of 2016, despite an excellent year, Britain's Dan Evans lost his clothing sponsor and has been wearing £12.50 shirts bought in Melbourne.

On Friday, he produced another brilliant performance to reach the fourth round of Grand Slam for the first time in his career, slicing and dicing his way past home favourite Bernard Tomic with a 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 win, leaving the Australians without a male player in the second week of the singles draw.

“I quite like them,” Evans said of the shirts.

“I think they look alright. Although one shrunk in the wash so I had to change that.” Evans plays Tsonga in the last 16.

Match of the day

For a moment it seemed like 2007 all over again as former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic took on Svetlana Kuznetsova, the two-time Grand Slam champion on Hisense Arena.

Jankovic led 3-0 in the third set but Kuznetsova, no stranger to a long match having played well over four hours here a few years ago with Francesca Schiavone, prevailed 6-4, 5-7, 9-7.

Tweet of the day

Pliskova received encouragement from an unexepected source after her defeat to Kerber...we wonder if she's seen Gladiator?

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