Murray set to take step into unknown

16 January 2013 / 15:48

Andy Murray may not know a lot about Joao Sousa, his second-round opponent at the Australian Open, but the similarities are striking.

Murray set up a clash with Sousa thanks to a straight-sets demolition of Robin Haase on Tuesday after which he admitted he only had limited knowledge of the Portuguese number one.

"I don't know too much about him," said the third seed. "I saw him play a couple of matches during the clay court season last year in Barcelona. I also saw him a little bit at the French Open. But I've never practised against him, never played against him."

Murray's biggest headache could come from the sweltering temperatures expected to hit Melbourne.

The mercury would well tip 100F but the Scot insists he is ready for it.

"You train hard and prepare the best you can and then see where it takes you when you get into the tough situations, the hard conditions," he said.

"Especially here, it can be extremely hot which it will probably be tomorrow.

"For the majority of the day it's going to be tough to play in."