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Andy Murray could also rank the achievement among his greatest triumphs due to the difficult draw
The former world number one has looked in ominous form in Melbourne
World Number One progressed 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) over the Japanese to move into the last eight
On his day, he can be as cultured on court as he is off it so Briton needs to beware
Nadal saw off another Australian in Bernard Tomic in the first round and added his second victim Down Under in Kokkinakis with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory
The Australian youngster was a set down at the time
The German has been drafted in as coach
The British number one gets underway in Melbourne on Tuesday
When Peter Gojowczyk, the world No 162, won 12 of the first 13 points of his Qatar ExxonMobile Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal here last night nervous statisticians were probably starting to thumb through their record books, wondering when the Spaniard had last lost to an opponent more lowly-ranked than the 24-year-old German.
But fellow Briton Dan Evans lost to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis
Fate is calling Murray and Australia offers his best shot at a third Grand Slam win
Tim Henman thinks Andy Murray could become a better player than ever after his back surgery but believes his successor as British No 1 may need time to hit peak form. With the Australian Open just 14 days away, Murray will play his first tournament since September here at this week’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
26-year-old Scot faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in exhibition tournament
Murray underwent an operation on his back in September but will make his long-awaited return to action next week
Greg Rusedski believes that Andy Murray’s main goal when he returns to competition in the new year will be to become world No 1.
Even after the Davis Cup, the world number two will not stop