Andy Murray news: Brit comfortably advances to Qatar Open fourth round

Andy Murray in action

Andy Murray rolled back the years as he comfortably advanced to the fourth round of the Qatar Open, following a straight sets victory over Taro Daniel.

For Murray, the game would have also been about redemption as he conquered the same opponent who eliminated him from the Australian Open last month.

The 34-year-old comfortably won the game 6-2 6-2, setting up a next match against Robert Bautista Agut.

Murray exerted his control from the start, losing just two points in the opening set on his own serve.

Former world no 1 Murray hit 11 winners and broke Daniel twice in the first set.

World no 110 Daniel looked to be clawing his way back in the first game of the second set before Murray, who entered the tournament as a wildcard quickly exerted his dominance again, producing a trademark backhand winner and eventually finishing the game in 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Murray was pleased with how he responded to Daniel this time around.

“He played very well in Australia, he had a very good run there and was too good for me there. I tried to be the one dictating from the first point, and I thought I did that well. It was one of the better matches I’ve played in recent months” said the 34-yeear-old.

Meanwhile, Murray’s next game against Bautista Agut will be the first time that he plays the Spaniard since losing to him at the Australian Open in 2019. It was feared that that match would be the final one of Murray’s career before he sensationally returned following hip resurfacing surgery.

As second seed and runner up at last years tournament, Bautista Agut will be the favourite.