2013 Australian Open – Murray Through to Round Three

Andy Murray raced into the third round of this years Australian Open with a convincing straight sets win over world number 100 Joao Sousa.

The Scot won 6-2 6-2 6-4 inĀ one hour and 41 minutes on a fiercely hot day in Melbourne.

Murray will next face the Lithuanian world number 110 Ricardas Berankis, who knocked out 25th seed Florian Mayer in round 2. Murray and Berankis have never met on the ATP tour, but the two should be familiar with each other games as they do practise together on occasion.

On his straightforward win today, Murray said,

I got up a couple of breaks pretty quickly in the first two sets so I could kind of play. I don’t mean loose points, but I could try to shorten the points, which helps. I also served well too. I got a lot of free points off my serve. There were very few long rallies, so it worked out well for me because they were really, really tough conditions.

It wasn’t that bad on court. When the sun came out, it was extremely hot. When it wasn’t, it was fine. There was no humidity. When you get the combination of the heat and the humidity is when it’s normally at it’s worst. I’ve played in worse conditions, but it’s still very hot.

Murray really had no issues today and his win was never in doubt. He extends his record at grand slams to 25 wins in 26 2nd round matches, his last and only loss in the second round coming all the way back at the US Open in 2005, meaning he has won 24 straight 2nd round matches.

His third round record however is not has good having recorded 4 losses in the third in 24 matches, the last coming in 2010 US Open, when he was surprisingly knocked out by Marin Cilic.