Australian Open 2015: Andy Murray eases into round three

By Piers NewberyBBC Sport at Melbourne Park
Andy Murray
Andy Murray is bidding to become the first man to win the Australian Open after losing three finals
Australian Open 2015
Dates: 19 January-1 February Venue: Melbourne Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, selected live text commentaries and daily reports on the BBC Sport website
  • Murray into last 32 for seventh year in a row
  • British number one through in 1 hour and 42 minutes
  • The Scot plays Portugal's Sousa in round three
  • Matosevic makes 49 errors - including on match point

Andy Murray made short work of local hope Marinko Matosevic on the hottest day so far at this year's Australian Open.

The sixth seed won their second-round contest 6-1 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 42 minutes as the temperature broke 30C.

The Briton, 27, took his record against Australians to 10-0 and will play Portugal's Joao Sousa in the last 32.

"I'm pumped to be into the third round. Thankfully it was quite quick because it was warm out there," he said.

As expected, there was plenty of support for Melbourne's Matosevic on Margaret Court Arena, with his friends and supporters shouting down the Murray fans courtside.

The contest off court was not quite matched on it, as Murray came out timing the ball beautifully and firing down some heavy serves.

Murray would end the match with just 12 unforced errors to 49 from his opponent, a clear indication of how sharp he remained throughout.

The former Wimbledon champion swept into a 5-0 lead in just 14 minutes and saw out the set soon after, with just one error and one point against serve to his name.

Match stats
2Double faults6
621st serve %51
851st serve win %62
582nd serve win %34
7/14Break points1/2
Match time: 1hr 42mins

In contrast, Matosevic - a friend and regular practice partner of the Scot - was simply going for too much and racking up the mistakes.

The Australian's supporters were greeting his every winner as though it were a match point after he dropped serve at the start of the second, leaving them little hope of seeing a victory.

Murray cracked down a 130mph ace to see off a hint of resistance in the middle of the second set and was annoyed when he dropped serve for the first time at 4-1.

Matosevic was not consistent enough to apply any real pressure, however, a double fault giving Murray two set points, the second of which was converted.

It was a similar story at the start of the third as the Australian gave up the break with another double fault, and there was now more fight from his supporters in the stands, with the umpire telling them to quieten down at one stage.

Murray smacked his racquet into the court after one error and had to see off a break point, but Matosevic's 49th error of the afternoon on match point summed up his performance.

"I started the match very well," added Murray.

"Marinko was slow at the beginning and improved as the match went on. There were tight games in the second and third sets and they could have gone either way.

"But they went my way and it was a good match."

Andy Murray
Sixth seed Murray is yet to drop a set at this year's Australian Open
Andy Murray - Australian Open
Murray is a regular hitting partner of Bosnia-born Matosevic, who moved to Melbourne as a child
Kim Sears
Concerned expressions on the face of Andy Murray's watching fiancee Kim Sears were rare