Murray increasingly confident at Australian Open

18 January 2014 / 07:34

Andy Murray's recent injury troubles might have lengthened his odds at the Australian Open but the three-time finalist is certainly progressing through his early opponents with ease.

Murray, in only his second tournament since back surgery, made quick work of 26th seed Feliciano Lopez in Melbourne.

He progressed to a fourth round date with France's Stephane Robert, the first man ever to make the fourth round after losing in qualifying only to be awarded a lucky loser place, with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

"It's been a good start," said Murray, who admitted the blustery 20C conditions came as a relief after the heatwave of previous days. 

"It was obviously tricky conditions in the first couple of days but today was beautiful. 

"Every time I've come here, since I was 18 years old, the support has been great so thank you very much and I'll need it if I want to go further."

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