Murray kicks of Australian Open with straight-sets win

19 January 2015 / 07:57
Andy Murray wasted no time as he opened his Australian Open campaign with a straight sets and straightforward win over India's Yuki Bhambri in Melbourne.
The British number one, seeded sixth for the season's opening Grand Slam tournament, took just two hours and 12 minutes to progress 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.
Murray will now play Australia's Marinko Matosevic on Wednesday but was never really tested against the lowest ranked player in the tournament, who was playing in his first Grand Slam match.
"He played well and was very aggressive and he was right up on the baseline the whole match and didn't give me much rhythm," he said.
"Overall I thought it was a good start. I thought I served very well the whole match - that was the most pleasing thing for me. 
"Hopefully I'll get a little bit better and a bit quicker after my serve and after my returns."
Encouragingly Murray's serve - his Achilles heel during 2014 - seems to have benefited from the close season work he's been doing with coach Amelie Mauresmo.
He banged down 13 aces against the inexperienced 22-year old, including winning 79% of second serves.
"I went back to serving how I used to and that's really helped me, I've felt a lot more comfortable," he added.
"I didn't serve well last year. I tried to make some changes after coming back from surgery and it didn't help at all."
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