Counterpunching Murray in control at Australian Open

16 January 2014 / 16:04
Andy Murray is a renowned boxing fan and, when briefly on the ropes at the Australian Open, he produced a counterpunching flurry that left his opponent dazed, dazzled and defeated.
Murray looked to be cruising into the second round after racing into a two set advantage but French rival Vincent Millot, ranked 267th in the world, then raced into a surprise 5-1 lead in the third set.
The number four seed then blazed to a 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 victory winning 23 consecutive points to win six games on the bounce, setting up a third round date with Spain's Feliciano Lopez.
Murray had the luxury of playing an evening game in 28C, although play had been suspended earlier in the day when temperatures peaked at 43C.
"I didn't really care about winning 23 points in a row," said Murray.
"I wanted to win the match. I'm glad I finished it there, because it was very, very hard conditions. Even in the evening it was so humid.
"After they closed the roof they obviously had the rain and the thunderstorms - it changed the way the court and the balls played a lot.
"It was heavier and a lot of balls went into the net. It slowed everything down a bit. I just was glad to get off. I'm still pouring with sweat now."
Murray insists he is looking ahead to his clash with the 26th seed with confidence, unsurprising considering the Scot's record against the Spaniard reading seven wins and no defeats.
"I'm through to the third round and I haven't lost a set yet," he added.
"I don't know what else could have been expected of me. I wasn't expecting to play perfect tennis and play great straight away.
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