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Tennis: Andy Murray reaches Australian Open quarter-finals after Mikhail Kukushkin retires injured

Published 23/01/2012 | 11:22

AFTER the fun and games of his last match against Michael Llodra, Andy Murray looked almost crestfallen that his fourth-round encounter turned into a near walkover.

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It's just boring,” said Murray, whose opponent Mikhail Kukushkin withdrew with a hip injury after falling two sets and a game behind.

"It would have been nice to have come off and been like, ‘Ah, I played unbelievable and he stopped’. But I didn't have to do anything. I was just hitting the ball in the court and he wasn't running. He was making mistakes the first or second ball of the rally. There was no atmosphere because there were no points.”

Kukushkin had come through the last two rounds with a pair of five-set wins against two seeded players, Viktor Troicki and Gael Monfils. And by the time he walked out onto Rod Laver Arena, he clearly had nothing left to give.

“Unfortunately these last two rounds have cost me a lot,” said Kukushkin after the match. “Yesterday I was not even able to lift my leg.

“For me it's so sad that this match was not so entertainment. Probably it was not fun to watch, so I feel also so bad for that. But unfortunately with that injury I was not able to do anything.”

It's just boring,” said Murray, whose opponent Mikhail Kukushkin withdrew with a hip injury after falling two sets and a game behind.

"It would have been nice to have come off and been like, ‘Ah, I played unbelievable and he stopped’. But I didn't have to do anything. I was just hitting the ball in the court and he wasn't running. He was making mistakes the first or second ball of the rally. There was no atmosphere because there were no points.”

Kukushkin had come through the last two rounds with a pair of five-set wins against two seeded players, Viktor Troicki and Gael Monfils. And by the time he walked out onto Rod Laver Arena, he clearly had nothing left to give.

“Unfortunately these last two rounds have cost me a lot,” said Kukushkin after the match. “Yesterday I was not even able to lift my leg.

“For me it's so sad that this match was not so entertainment. Probably it was not fun to watch, so I feel also so bad for that. But unfortunately with that injury I was not able to do anything.”

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