Melbourne, Jan 23 (IANS) US Open champion Andy Murray reached the Australian Open semifinals here Wednesday after a straight-sets victory over unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
The 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory in one hour and 51 minutes extends the Scot's winning streak at the majors to 12 since his breakthrough US Open triumph, which ended a 76-year winless streak by British men in Grand Slam events, reports Xinhua.
Murray broke Chardy's service eight times and played a clean match with 32 winners against 20 unforced errors.
Murray had his service broken for only the second time while serving for the match but he broke back immediately in the next game to clinch a quarterfinal victory.
"Today was the best I've played. I've struggled in my last few rounds a little bit," said the Scot.
Murray will play either Roger Fedder or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinal Friday.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic will play against fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in the other semifinal Thursday.