Andy Murray Into Australian Open Third Round As He Extends Perfect Record Over Aussie Opponents
Andy Murray completed a perfect ten victories over Aussies to reach the third round of the first Grand Slam of the season.
The British No.1 tamed “Mad Dog” Marinko Matosevic in straight sets in a walk in the Melbourne Park in the second round of the Australian Open.
And victory extends the Scot”s record of never losing to an Aussie in a tour-level match. After beating world No.81 Matosevic, Murray has now won all 10 encounters against men from Down Under – although he warned the record will not last.
Unlike the British players, seven Australian men won through to the second round of their home Grand Slam, including teenage sensations Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
After silencing the home crowd on Margaret Court Arena, Murray said: "I love Aussies. I get on well with a lot of the players from Australia. Sometimes it is just luck. I had no idea that was the case. I am sure that over the next few, with a lot of Australian players coming through – you have got some fantastic young players coming through – I am sure I will be able to hold on to that record."
Cameron SpencerOn the stretch: Murray returns a brilliant backhand
Murray certainly did not give “Mad Dog” Matosevic a sniff of a chance as the world No.6 romped to victory.
The first set lasted only 21 minutes as the Scot won his first 15 points on his serve and lost only eight altogether.
The Aussie rallied to make the match respectable but the only two things these two players really had in common was their garish kit: Murray wearing that horrible green and Matosevic in headache-inducing luminous orange.
It was all over in one hour and 42 minutes with the Scot winning 6-1 6-3 6-2.
"I started the match extremely well and Marinko was a bit slow in the beginning," Murray said. "He improved as the match went on and the second and third sets were tighter. It was a good match."
He will face world No.55 Joao Sousa in the third round after No.32 seed Martin Klizan has retired after one game of fourth set.
Jamie Murray and his partner John Peers came through the opening round of the doubles 6-1 6-7 6-4 against Argentines Maximo Gonzalez and Juan Monaco.
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