Djokovic & Murray remain on course for semifinal showdown.


Andy Murray breezed in to the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Edouard Roger-Vaselin. Murray, the world No.4, never looked back from a lightning-fast start as he recorded a 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory. With his first serve working beautifully, Murray showed a clear improvement from his tough first-round tie against Ryan Harrison. Murray said: “I served well today. I didn’t give him too many opportunities on my serve, which was important as he played well in the second and third sets.”

Novak Djokovic stressed the importance of winning easily in the opening rounds after breezing past Santiago Giraldo at the Australian Open. The defending champion has been untroubled so far in Melbourne – and that’s just how he likes it. Having won his first-round match for the loss of just two games, the world number one posted another easy win on Thursday, beating Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-2 6-1. Djokovic dropped his serve early on but that proved the only blip as he cruised through to a clash with Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. He said: “I am trying to be physically fit and fresh for the upcoming rounds. The longer the tournament goes, the tougher it gets. “Especially in the opening rounds you are trying to get the rhythm to play well in every match.

“You can’t underestimate any opponent and Santiago is a tricky player. It was really important to win the first set.”






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