Oz Open 2013 – Andy Murray Breezes Past Haase

Andy Murray Australian Open 1st round

It took Andy Murray just 97 minutes to breeze past Dutchman Robin Haase in his opening match at the Australian Open.

The British number one crushed Haase in straight-sets 6-3 6-1 6-3 on the Rod Laver Arena and the Scot will now face Joao Sousa of Portugal in the second round.

Haase had beaten Murray back in 2008 and took the Scot to five sets at the 2011 US Open, but two early breaks of serve for Murray set the tone for the match and any thoughts of an upset by the Dutchman were quickly forgotten.

Murray is playing in his first grand slam since his victory at the US Open champion. He is trying to become the first ever man to follow up his maiden Grand Slam title with another major win.

A two-time finalist at Melbourne Park, Murray dominated Haase with his return, winning 53% of points on the Haase serve. Murray improved his Head to Head with Haase to 2-1.

The 25-year-old Scot began his 2013 season by successfully retaining the Brisbane International crown where he defeated Grigor Dimitrov in the final.

Murray now plays Joao Sousa, who defeated Australian wild card John-Patrick Smith in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. The two have never met and Sousa his currently ranked 100 in the world. Murray has only ever lost one second round grand slam match and that was all the way back in 2005 at the US Open, so the odds are not great for Sousa.