Andy Murray has started as he means to go on in Australia. The World No One battled it out in the sunshine and managed to beat opponent Illya Marchenko, in straight sets.
The match was expected to have been a breeze for Murray who had to work hard to secure his victory. In a fixture that lasted just short of three hours, in almost 90 degree Fahrenheit, Marchenko was finally forced to concede defeat. Murray took advantage of the Ukrainian’s fading energy and ended the match with a score of 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.
Murray’s performance certainly wasn’t his best, throughout the duration of the rivalry he racked up a whopping 27 unforced errors. The British No one player will have to improve his technique as he prepares to face Andrey Rublev. The nineteen year old Russian managed to come out on top in a match that he recovered from against Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-0) 6-3.
In a statement made after his victory Murray, who has lost five finals at Melbourne Park, was quick to point out that he had never won there. He also said that he had every intention of doing better this time round. Referring to the match specifically and the impact of the warm weather, Murray went on to say:
“I don’t think it was the best match. The conditions were pretty different to what we’ve been practising in, last week’s been pretty cool. When it’s like that, the ball is bouncing a bit lower and it is a bit easier to control. I was a bit tentative because of that, and I didn’t serve that well either. So you end up having to work really hard on a lot of your service games when it’s like that.”
Author Lisa Wood
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