Andy Murray chipped, volleyed and lobbed his way into the second week of the Australian Open with a hugely entertaining 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Michael Llodra.
The Frenchman's game is a throwback to the last century: a big leftie serve with slice, serve and volley and chip and charge in abundance. Realising that he had little chance of beating Murray from the baseline, Llodra spoke pre-match about the need to be aggressive and dictate from the net. He was true to his word, approaching wherever possible and putting Murray under pressure whenever the Scot dropped a ball short.
Whilst not an ultimately successful tactic, the contrast in styles did at least keep the match interesting. Murray was virtually flawless from the baseline - hitting just 11 unforced errors compared to 48 winners - and Llodra made a succession of incredible volleys. Parts of the second set looked more like the highlights from a point of the year compilation than a third round grand slam match.
This encounter was filled with positives for Murray. His baseline game was impenetrable, his movement exceptional and serve, whilst not at it's best, solid enough. Mikhail Kukushkin, his opponent in the fourth round, is unlikely to cause many problems.