Monday 9 December 2019

Tennis: Murray breezes through to third round of Australian Open

Andy Murray serves to Joao Sousa of Portugal during their men's singles match at the Australian Open. Photo: Reuters
Andy Murray serves to Joao Sousa of Portugal during their men's singles match at the Australian Open. Photo: Reuters

Nick Mulvenney

ANDY MURRAY kept his cool in the Melbourne heat to reach the third round of the Australian Open. He progressed with a businesslike 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Joao Sousa on Hisense Arena overnight.

The British third seed looked intent on keeping his time in the heat and humidity to the absolute minimum, wrapping up victory in just 101 minutes when his Portuguese opponent went long with a return.

Two breaks in the first set, a couple in the second and one more in the third proved enough to set up a meeting with Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who earlier stunned German 25th seed Florian Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-1.

Murray, who is chasing a second successive grand slam title after his breakthrough triumph at the U.S. Open, has reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park for the last three years.

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