Walkover puts Murray into quarterfinals

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2012-01-23 04:05:41 GMT2012-01-23 12:05:41(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MELBOURNE, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Fourth seed Andy Murray was awarded a walkover in the Australian Open's fourth round here on Monday to reach the quarterfinals.

The 24-year-old British was leading 1-0 in the third set while opponent, Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, announced to retire because of a left hip flexile injury. Murray won the first two sets 6-1, 6-1 and moved one step close to his first Grand Slam title.

Murray was a twice runner-up at Australian Open. He separately lost to Roger Federer in 2010 and Novak Djokovic in 2011.

Murray's quarterfinal opponent will be the winner between Japanese dark-horse Kei Nishikori and fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.