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Summary

  1. British number one Murray earns 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win
  2. Murray will play Australia's Marinko Matosevic in round two
  3. India's Bhambri was lowest-ranked player in men's draw

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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As Andy Murray waves goodbye to the appreciative Melbourne crowd before disappearing into the locker room, it is also time for me to bid farewell.

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on the BBC Sport tennis page for reaction to Murray's win, plus a round-up of all of day one's other headlines.

And we will return with another live text commentary on Wednesday when the British number one plays home favourite Marinko Matosevic in the second round. See you then!

Stan the man back in Melbourne

Stan Wawrinka
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Defending men's singles champion Stan Wawrinka: Great to be back as defending champion! Ready for the tournament to start!

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Tom Gumbleton: Solid opening from @andy_murray not amazing, but it doesn't matter how you win it, as long as you are through!!

Player reaction

Murray 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) Bhambri

Andy Murray speaking on court: "Bhambri made it very aggressive, he came to the net, he made it tough. I've never hit with him or seen him before. He shouldn't be ranked 300 and odd in the world. I'm sure he will be ranked higher at the end of the year."

BBC Radio 5 live

Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri: "Overall it was a good first round for Murray, he made a few errors, and was a little emotional. His serve was good at the times it needed to be."

Game, set and match

Murray 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) Bhambri

Murray storms into a 3-0 advantage - just. A heavy volley, with the court wide open, sneaks inside the base-line. But Bhambri holds his nerve, and both of his serves, for 3-2.

Murray responds by doing the same, thumping down a second serve ace. Two points away from victory, which becomes one as Bhambri smashes into the net.

Four match points become three. Murray serves at 6-3, Bhambri's return is too long, and Murray fist pumps the air. The Briton eases into the second round.

Tie-break

Murray 6-3 6-4 6-6 Bhambri

Quick breather for the two players as the 'Andy Murray Male Musicial Choir' (see 02:51) entertain the crowd. The quartet serenade their hero to the tune of Belinda Carlisle's classic 'Heaven is a Place on Earth', before the Briton gets back to business by holding serve to 15. Tie-break time.

Murray* 6-3 6-4 5-6 Bhambri

Bhambri moves 40-15 ahead by jumping into the Melbourne air to let a long Murray return go through his legs and out. Cheeky. The world number 317 sees out the service game as Murray knows he will need a tie-break to win this first-round match in straight sets.

Murray 6-3 6-4 5-5 Bhambri*

That slight advantage disappears as Andy Murray races through his service game to level. It has been a good work-out for the Briton - but there's no way he will want to play a fourth set...

Murray* 6-3 6-4 4-5 Bhambri

Yuki Bhambri is refusing to cave in. The Indian - playing his first Slam match - is not showing too many nerves on the biggest stage of his fledgling career. He holds serve to maintain the teeniest of advantages.

Murray 6-3 6-4 4-4 Bhambri*

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The Murray serve is firing. He blasts down two aces - both around the 200kph mark - before another bomb can only be met by a shaky Bhambri backhand. The Indian's is pegged back on the base line with some heavy Murray returns, finally crumbling with a loose cross-court forehand.

MURRAY BREAKS

Murray* 6-3 6-4 3-4 Bhambri

Murray has a chance to grab that break back from Bhambri's grasp. He has a pair of chances, but needs just the one. A loose Bhambri return is pounced by the Briton, whose cross-court backhand is out of his opponent's reach. Relief.

Murray 6-3 6-4 2-4 Bhambri*

Murray holds to stop the rot. Bhambri is gunning for a fourth straight game, but the Briton regains his composure. Can he retrieve the break?

Murray* 6-3 6-4 1-4 Bhambri

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

"Murray sits at the changeover chuntering away furiously, presumably at himself, for letting this develop into something of a contest. Coach Mauresmo rests her chin on her hand while fitness trainer Matt Little scratches his head, perplexed. Meanwhile, huge cheers roll over the stands from the nearby Court Three as Aussie Marinko Matosevic wins a five-setter. He will play the winner of this one next."

Murray* 6-3 6-4 1-4 Bhambri

Murray sets up a break point to hit straight back, but blows it as Bhambri scampers across court to flash a sweeping return past the world number six. Deuce - not once but twice - before Murray crashes a forehand into the net on Bhambri's advantage. The odds on a fourth set are quickly being slashed...

BHAMBRI BREAKS

Murray 6-3 6-4 1-3 Bhambri*

Andy Murray shrieks some angry words that I cannot possible repeat in a BBC live text commentary as Yuki Bhambri moves within striking distance.

The Indian holds his nerve, as Murray completely loses his. The Briton thumps his racket towards the blue court as Bhambri breaks.

Murray* 6-3 6-4 1-2 Bhambri

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Andy Murray pegs back his opponent from a commanding position of 40-0, but sees a break point disappear down the pan as he loses a challenge.

The pair slug it out as we go to deuce for a third time, when Yuki Bhambri nearly takes out a spectator with a wild top edge. But the Indian regains his composure to bat off Murray's hopes of an early break.

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Sean Done: Andy was 0-9 against Nadal, Djokovic and Federer last year, likelihood of him beating those three in a row: zero. Needs upsets.

Murray 6-3 6-4 1-1 Bhambri*

Another Bhambri can do Murray can do better. The Briton holds serve to love in a routine game, powerfully finding a way past his opponent. That's why there are 311 places between them in the world rankings....

Murray* 6-3 6-4 0-1 Bhambri

India's Yuki Bhambri serves in the opening game of the third set as he looks to create an almighty shock by turning this match back in his favour. I can't see that happening - Ana Ivanovic has more chance of being in the second round than him, I'd respectfully suggest. Bhambri holds his serve comfortably.

Ivanovic out

*Shock alert*

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, the fifth seed, is OUT! She loses 1-6 6-3 6-2 to Lucie Hradecka, who is ranked 142nd in the world, to become the fist big-name casualty at Melbourne this year.

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John Batty: Think this could be Murray's year. His camp seems settled and the usual big guns don't seem to be on top form.

Game and second set

Murray 6-3 6-4 Bhambri

Andy Murray moves 30-0 ahead as opponent Yuki Bhambri grimaces and taps the back of his head with his strings. Another unforced error gives Murray two set points. One will do. Bhambri's forehand return is long and Murray moves within a set of the second round.

Murray* 6-3 5-4 Bhambri

Any hopes that Andy Murray has of not having to serve out quickly disappear as Yuki Bhambri eases to a comfortable hold. And that's exactly what the Briton is after now as he serves for the second set...

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Lucy Fisher: Let's go Andy, let's go!

Top selfie work Lucy. Even better that you've not stooped to the low of using a 'selfie stick'...

Murray 6-3 5-3 Bhambri*

Credit to Yuki Bhambri - this lad has got bouncebackability in spades. He leads 30-0, then 40-15 as he aims to instantly break back and level. The Indian has a chance at 40-30 as he pounds the Murray base-line, but then crashes a sliced return into the net. Let off for the Briton, who forces deuce before seeing out the game with an ace down the middle. One game from taking a two set to love lead...

MURRAY BREAKS

Murray* 6-3 4-3 Bhambri

That could be just about that for the second set. Two break points for Murray, who took command with a simply stunning cross-court backhand at 15-0. Only he will know how he managed to pull that shot out of the top drawer. The Briton hits base line after base line as he holds two break points, with Bhambri helping him out by finally crumbling with a long return.

Murray 6-3 3-3 Bhambri*

Andy Murray's serve has not looked in danger during this second set. And he holds once again as Yuki Bhambri's slices a half volley into the net.

Murray* 6-3 2-3 Bhambri

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Andy Murray, like a hungry wolf, is smelling blood now. The world number six looks like he's had enough of this pesky opponent, pouncing quickly to move 30-0 ahead.

Oh, hang on. Bhambri has different ideas. The Indian wins three straight points to move within one of another hold, but then gets a little giddy and slices a backhand into the net. Deuce it is.

Murray is an advantage behind before slapping a forehand return long - and Bhambri whoops with delight.

Murray 6-3 2-2 Bhambri*

Confident stuff from Andy Murray. The Briton blasts through his service game, winning to love. Simple.

Murray* 6-3 1-2 Bhambri

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Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri: "It is hard to believe that Bhambri is 317th in the world rankings after seeing some of his shots here. It just shows that it is the mental part - the self-belief - that makes the difference."

Don't forget you can hear more from Nick, 5 live's expert summariser, by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab on this page.

Murray* 6-3 1-2 Bhambri

Excellent stuff from Bhambri, as the world number 317 has Murray on the run. A couple of little jump shots - "trick shots" says 5 live's David Law put him 30-0 to the good.

But Murray imposes himself again with a powerful cross-shot return which leaves Bhambri floundering. He didn't enjoy being 'mugged off' by his Indian opponent.

The pair trade blows as we go to deuce, then it is advantage Murray after a massive forehand down the line. However, Bhambri holds on as they go for a well-earned sit down and swig of water.

Murray 6-3 1-1 Bhambri*

Break point for...Yuki Bhambri. I didn't see that one coming. Andy Murray battles back though, forcing deuce before ending Bhambri's hopes of an early breakthrough with a stinging ace.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

"Murray is in control despite that mid-set slip in the opener. There is drama off court, sort of, as some spectators in the front row complain to the umpire that they can't see past the sizeable canopies above the players' chairs. The ball boys are now dutifully taking them down after each changeover. If it's not one thing...."

Murray* 6-3 0-1 Bhambri

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The pair stroll back on to court in a sunny Melbourne. Yuki Bhambri, making his Slam debut remember, holds his serve comfortably. Not that it worries Murray's fans to much - including those four guys each wearing a T-shirt with the letters A, N, D and Y. They get everywhere.

Murray 6-3 Bhambri

BBC Radio 5 live

Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri: "Getting through that first set is a good sign for Andy Murray. I liked his serve, it was much more improved. And it was nice to see him get frustrated a little. That's his style."

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James Rowlinson: #AusOpen a fantastic setting for the tennis! Don't think Murray is in a position to challenge this year.

Game and first set

Murray 6-3 Bhambri

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And there it is. Routine game for Andy Murray as he eases to three set points. But he only needs one of them. Advantage Murray.

Murray 5-3 Bhambri*

Instant break point for Andy Murray. And the Briton shouts in celebration as Yuki Bhambri's return goes long. Or has it? No! The top spin ensures the ball dusts the line and Murray looks sheepish.

But moments later he is celebrating for definite. Another Bhambri return is too strong and sails past the base-line. Serving for the set...

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Jake Gledhill: After 2012, Murray has been left behind by the other Big Four members, and the young guns are catching up, can't see him winning Australian Open.