Murray makes short work of Matosevic at Australian Open

21 January 2015 / 08:23

Andy Murray found the best way of coping with soaring temperatures at the Australian Open - with a quick-fire demolition job over home hope Marinko Matosevic.

The number six seed has never lost in ten matches against Australian opponents and took just one hour and 42 minutes to progress to the third round 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

With temperatures peaking at 30C, Murray was a picture of efficiency, making just 12 unforced errors and taking just 14 minutes to win the opening five games.

"I'm pleased it was quite quick because it was warm out there," he said.

Matosevic, a regular hitting partner of Murray, had a big cheering squad but the Scot never gave him an opportunity to muscle himself into the match.

"I started the match very well and I'm just delighted to be into the third round," added Murray.

"Marinko was a little bit slow at the beginning and improved as the match went on. There were tight games in the second and third sets and they could have gone either way."

Murray - the only Brit left in the singles draw following first round defeat for Kyle Edmund, James Ward and Heather Watson - will now play Portugal's Joao Sousa in the last 32.

Sousa also overcame another Australian in straight sets, beating Jordan Thompson 6-4, 7-6, 6-4.

Meanwhile, brother Jamie Murray made it into the second round of the men's doubles as he and partner John Peers saw off the challenge of Maximo Gonzalez and Juan Monaco.

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