Andy Murray beats Marco Baghdatis in Brisbane

Murray's in a hurry as British No 1 beats Baghdatis to reach semis

Top seed Andy Murray showed no mercy to doubles partner Marcos Baghdatis as he cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory in the quarter-finals of the ATP Brisbane International.

The British No 1, who along with the Cypriot was knocked out of the doubles competition on Thursday, was quick out of the blocks and looked full of confidence as he raced into a 4-0 lead which he never looked in danger of relinquishing.

Baghdatis proved a trickier proposition at the start of the second set but when Murray clinched the first break in game five it was only a matter of time.

At ease: Andy Murray showed supreme confidence in dispatching Marco Baghdatis

At ease: Andy Murray showed supreme confidence in dispatching Marco Baghdatis

The world No 4 had slow starts in his opening two rounds, losing the first sets against both Mikhail Kukushkin and Gilles Muller, but looked sharp from the outset on Pat Rafter Arena.

His powerful forehands troubled the 2006 Australian Open runner-up from the word go, a Baghdatis double fault handing Murray the opening game before the Scot clinched a second break to love in game three.

Baghdatis got on the board by holding serve at the third time of asking, but never looked like threatening the Murray serve as the Briton held firm to win the opening set.

The start of the second set was a much tighter affair than the first, Baghdatis holding his opening two games and forcing a break point in game four which Murray saved thanks to his serve-and-volley tactics.

Victory: Murray surges into the final four of the Brisbane International

Victory: Murray surges into the final four of the Brisbane International

Murray made his rival pay for that missed opportunity by securing a break of his own in the next game, and consolidated that advantage by holding serve – saving another break point – to go 4-2 up.

Another break followed as crowd favourite Baghdatis ran out of steam, Murray completing an impressive win with minimum fuss.

Nineteen-year-old Tomic later set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Murray by posting a straight-sets triumph over Istomin.

In a match dominated by serve, Tomic needed a little over 79 minutes to wrap up the 6-3 7-6 (7/4) victory and clinch his spot in the last four.

Second and third seeds Gilles Simon and Alexandr Dolgopolov claimed their places in the last four on Thursday.