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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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  1. Post update

    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.

    Don't forget to keep a close eye 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!

  2. Get involved

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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!!

  3. 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."

  4. Post update

    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."

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

    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...

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

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

    Murray

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Post update

    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?

  13. Post update

    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."

  14. Post update

    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...

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

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

    Yuki Bhambri

    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.

  17. Get involved

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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.

  18. Post update

    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....

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Post update

    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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    Andy Murray

    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'...

  25. Post update

    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...

  26. 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.

  27. Post update

    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.

  28. Post update

    Murray* 6-3 2-3 Bhambri

    Andy Murray

    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.

  29. Post update

    Murray 6-3 2-2 Bhambri*

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

  30. Post update

    Murray* 6-3 1-2 Bhambri

    BBC Radio 5 live

    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.

  31. Post update

    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.

  32. Post update

    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.

  33. Post update

    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...."

  34. Post update

    Murray* 6-3 0-1 Bhambri

    Andy Murray

    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.

  35. Post update

    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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    Aus Open

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

  37. Game and first set

    Murray 6-3 Bhambri

    Murray

    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.

  38. Post update

    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.

  40. BHAMBRI BREAKS

    Murray 4-3 Bhambri*

    Murray looks up to the clear, blue Melbourne sky as a plane makes a racket (no pun intended). Bhambri's sweet forehand winner glides down the line for 30-30, but undoes his good work by slamming another forehand into the net.

    Murray is pegged back to deuce as he finds the net, looking to the sky again. this time in disgust. But it gets worse for the Briton. He slams a rushed, routine forehand into the net - he's a break point down.

    And Bhambri nicks back the break! All Murray's own fault though, as he inexplicably smashes a volley into the net.

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    Josh Hillard: I'll give #bbctennis some love. I think Murray will make a run but won't be able to overcome his fellow elites later down the line.

    I'm feeling the love, Josh.

  42. Post update

    Murray* 4-2 Bhambri

    Bhambri goes for a Hollywood shot, slicing a forehand out of the singles court. And out of the doubles court as it happens. The Indian's shoulders are starting to slump a little bit as Murray leads 30-15.

    Bhambri battles back though, winning his serve when Murray's loose forehand squirms out.

  43. Post update

    Murray 4-1 Bhambri*

    Routine stuff for Andy Murray as he holds serve with ease. Bhambri simply has no answer to the Briton's power.

  44. Post update

    Murray* 3-1 Bhambri

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri: "Bhambri didn't get beaten on the points - he gave them away. You can't do that against a top player."

  45. MURRAY BREAKS

    Murray* 3-1 Bhambri

    Bhambri keeps Murray pinned back on the baseline at 30-15, before inviting the Briton forward and then picking him off with a lob. Entertaining stuff.

    Two game points for the Indian. The first one slips out of his grasp after going long. And so does the second. What a waste.

    Deuce it is. Bhambri slaps a backhand volley into the net to give break point to Murray. He does the same with a forehand seconds later - and that's the early breakthrough for Murray.

  46. Get involved

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    Night-shifters of the world unite. Yes, I'm paraphrasing a line from quiffed Smiths frontman Morrissey in a desperate plea to attract your attention.

    Whether you're a security guard sat all alone in a cold hut, a lorry driver having a quick break on the side of the motorway, or a warehouse worker sat having a snooze on a wooden pallet, I want to hear from you.

    Sitting all alone in the middle of the night is no fun. So let's talk through the mediums of social networking and text messaging. Can Andy Murray become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing three finals?

    Tell me what you think using #bbctennis on Twitter, posting on our Facebook page, or by texting 81111. Don't leave me hanging. Please.

  47. Post update

    Murray 2-1 Bhambri*

    This Bhambri kid can play a bit. On his Grand Slam debut, the 22-year-old shows Murray that he has a decent repertoire, particularly with a punched forehand volley that edges him in front. But Murray hits back quickly with four straight points to hold again.

  48. Post update

    Murray* 1-1 Bhambri

    Confidence booster for Bhambri as he swarms in on the net to volley in for 15-0. A cross-court winner is then sandwiched inbetween a couple of unforced errors. Bhambri clenches his fist as Murray puts him on to game point, only for the sixth seed to bamboozle him with an inch-perfect lob. Murray's mate Rory McIlroy would have been happy with that one. But Bhambri eases through deuce to hold.

  49. Post update

    Murray 1-0 Bhambri*

    Bhambri nicks the first point of the match as Murray slices wide a backhand. Quickly the British number one is back on terms before blasting down a ferocious ace. Another bomb has Bhambri floundering, then Murray wraps up a routine opener. Straight forward so far...

  50. Standing in Murray's way

    Yuki Bhambri
  51. Post update

    Andy Murray, decked out in a lime green and grey T-shirt, takes a huge swig of an iced, lemon drink. The Briton to begin....

  52. BBC coverage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    As well as following Murray's progress through these words, you can also listen to BBC Radio 5 live's live audio commentary. What do you mean you've haven't got a radio? You don't need one! Click on the 'Live coverage' tab on this very page and there it is.

    One minute until we begin in the Margaret Court Arena. Just about time for you to dash for a quick cup of coffee.

  53. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    Australian Open

    "It's another relatively tame summer's day for Melbourne, far from the 40C conditions of last year, with the temperature hovering around the mid-20s and a cool breeze. Very pleasant.

    "Murray will still hope to spend as little time as possible dealing with his first-round match, with a draw that promises plenty of serious battles ahead.

    "The venue is the revamped Margaret Court Arena, with its new roof visible from some distance, and it will make a change for Murray, who has spent most of the last two years out on the third show court, the Hisense Arena. The main objective is to make sure Bhambri doesn't get a taste for the spotlight though."

  54. Post update

    Andy Murray

    So British number one Andy Murray is the focal point of our interest in Melbourne today, and the two-time Grand Slam winner is out on court knocking up with his opponent.

    Stood across the net from sixth-seed Murray, a three-time finalist here, is Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri. The world number 317 should not pose too many problems for Murray, one would safely assume, but it is what lies ahead that might trouble the Briton.

    Murray could find Grigor Dimitrov, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal standing between him and a place in the final.

    "It's obviously a very difficult draw," he says. "If you have to play all of those players, it's going to be extremely difficult to come through that. I'm aware of that. That's fine."

  55. Post update

    Australian Open

    G'day mates! January might be a month to beat the chill, save the pennies and lose the pounds back in Blighty, but down under it is all about sun, Stan and Serena.

    That's right folks - it is Grand Slam time. I know, I know. It only seems a plateful of turkey and sprouts ago that last season ended with that damp squib of an ATP World Tour men's final.

    But the new season is already back in full swing. Welcome to day one of the Australian Open.

  56. Post update

    Australian Open

    Pasty Britons struggling to cope in the searing heat is nothing new. Profusely sweating, slowly turning lobster red, moaning about the "stuffiness" - we've all done it. While lazing around on the beach in our skimpy swimwear.

    So imagine having to dart around the tennis court in temperatures rising above 40C. That was the unenviable task facing Andy Murray and the rest of the tennis world at last year's Australian Open.

    Andy Murray

    Now three-time runner-up Murray is back in Melbourne for 2015's first Grand Slam. Good news Andy... temperatures are only expected to hover around the 23C mark in the opening week.