Australian Open

First British last eight duo for four decades

Murray Aus Open vid 2Britain has male and female players in the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time in 39 years.

Andy Murray dealt with a potentially tricky challenge in the Rod Laver Arena to beat another home favourite, seeing off Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7/4).

Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for 32 years by beating Ekaterina Makarova.

Murray, the world number two, will play eighth seed David Ferrer for a place in the semi finals, after the Spaniard knocked out John Isner in straight sets.

Murray leads Ferrer 12-6 in head-to-head matches, with the Scot winning the last five.

Konta, making her debut in the main draw, fought back to beat the 21st seed 4-6 6-4 8-6 in the fourth round.

The last British woman to play in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam was Jo Durie, at Wimbledon in 1984.

Sue Barker, Robin Drysdale and John Lloyd all reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 1977.

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