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Murray off the mark in Melbourne

January 19, 2015 07:46:25 UK

Sixth seed Andy Murray avoided an early exit and suggested his serve will determine how far he makes it at the 2015 Australian Open.

The British number one overcame the lowest-ranked player in the draw at 317, India’s Yuki Bhambri, to make it past the first round at Melbourne Park and will now play Australia’s Marinko Matosevic on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old won 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in two hours 12 minutes on Margaret Court Arena and came through his only wobble in the third set when 4-1 down.

“I thought it was a good start,” the Scot told BBC Sport. “I thought he played well; he was very aggressive and he was right up on the baseline the whole match.

“That made it difficult because it didn’t give me much rhythm or a lot of time.

“But 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.”

Murray, playing his first Grand Slam match under his new team of coach Amelie Mauresmo and fitness trainer Matt Little, finished with 13 aces and having won 79% of points on his second serve.

The two-time major winner said he had identified his mistakes at the same tournament last year and now had a clear focus for trying to win a maiden Australian Open.

“I didn’t serve well last year,” Murray added. “I tried to make some changes after coming back from surgery and it didn’t help at all.

“I went back to serving how I used to and that’s really helped me. I’ve felt a lot more comfortable.”

Andy Murray is currently priced 9.00 in the 2015 Australian Open tournament winner betting.

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Murray off the mark in Melbourne

January 19, 2015 07:46:25 UK

Sixth seed Andy Murray avoided an early exit and suggested his serve will determine how far he makes it at the 2015 Australian Open.

The British number one overcame the lowest-ranked player in the draw at 317, India’s Yuki Bhambri, to make it past the first round at Melbourne Park and will now play Australia’s Marinko Matosevic on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old won 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in two hours 12 minutes on Margaret Court Arena and came through his only wobble in the third set when 4-1 down.

“I thought it was a good start,” the Scot told BBC Sport. “I thought he played well; he was very aggressive and he was right up on the baseline the whole match.

“That made it difficult because it didn’t give me much rhythm or a lot of time.

“But 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.”

Murray, playing his first Grand Slam match under his new team of coach Amelie Mauresmo and fitness trainer Matt Little, finished with 13 aces and having won 79% of points on his second serve.

The two-time major winner said he had identified his mistakes at the same tournament last year and now had a clear focus for trying to win a maiden Australian Open.

“I didn’t serve well last year,” Murray added. “I tried to make some changes after coming back from surgery and it didn’t help at all.

“I went back to serving how I used to and that’s really helped me. I’ve felt a lot more comfortable.”

Andy Murray is currently priced 9.00 in the 2015 Australian Open tournament winner betting.

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