Andy Murray has entered the quarter finals of the Rakuten Japan Open with a fantastic win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-1, 6-2.
He took a bit less than 1 hour to knock Lacko out of the competition. Murray had won the Japan Open last year as well and the way he has started his campaign this year, it seems that the British superstar is well prepared to defend his title.
Murray who is currently ranked at no. 3 in the official rankings of WTA banged in 6 aces in the match. Lacko managed to win only three games in the entire match. Murray came into the match with all guns blazing. He broke Lacko’s service in the second and the fourth game of the first set and won the first five games consecutively to take a lead of 5-0. The Slovakian player managed to serve out the sixth game, but, that was too little to stop Murray from winning the set. Murray held his service in the seventh game to win the first set by 6-1.
Lacko started the second set a bit better and at the end of the third game, he was ahead by 2-1. But, after that, he was thrashed by Murray. Murray won the next five games in a row and grabbed the second set by 6-2.
After the match, Lacko said, “It was quite a disappointing day for me. Murray is one of the best players in the world at the moment. The margin of error is very small if you are playing against a great player like Murray. He pounced on each and every opportunity and took the game away from me.”
In the quarter final, Murray will take on Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.