Despite dropping the first set Andy Murray successfully opened his 2012 Australian Open with a hard fought 4 set victory against rising star, American Ryan Harrison.
Murray started sluggishly and seemed to struggle in the Melbourne heat on the Hisense Arena, but the Scot rallied in the second set to win through to round 2 with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory in just over 3 hours.
It was Murray’s first grand slam match under new coach Ivan Lendl and the Scot will look to improve in his second match which will be against French player douard Roger-Vasselin, who beat Belgian Xavier Malisse in his first round match.
After his win, Murray spoke to th press and media,
He came out playing great tennis, going for his shots and hitting big. This court is tough – there’s very little shade. We had a few long rallies and he made me do a lot of running. He is very good already and he’s getting better. I’ll need to make sure in my next match that I play closer to the baseline. You want to play your best tennis towards the end of the tournament so that’s what I’ll try and do.
Murray has started the year so far well, winning the warm up event in Brisbane. He has reached the final here in Melbourne for the last two years losing to Roger Federer in 2010 and Novak Djokovic last year. He will be hoping that the addition of Lendl has his coach will be that final ingredient he needs to lift his first grand slam title.