Andy Murray faced few problems in his opening match of the Sony Open Tennis tournament, seeing off Bernard Tomic with a routine 6-3, 6-1 victory.
It was a solid performance from the Brit who started slow but finished strong; reeling off 10 of the last 12 games to breeze into the third round against an opponent who lacked any real fight or grit.
The second seed found himself in danger early on, having to fend off a handful of break points in the fourth game as he tried to work his way into the match. But after a passive start it was Murray who secured the first break, aided somewhat by four consecutive errors from the Aussie.
Tomic was struggling to keep the ball in play, and as Murray began to get into his stride he broke again for the first set; a perplexed Tomic netting on set point, bringing his unforced error count in to the 20’s. Read more (118 words)
The Aussie number one was struggling to cause the Scot any real problems and at 2-1 he found himself in more trouble. A missed overhead that caught the net cord appeared to throw his concentration, and he followed that with a double fault before netting to gift the second seed the break.
A relaxed Murray was now in complete control and a couple of aces helped him to 4-1, before breaking again, with Tomic looking totally uninterested. And he sealed it with his eighth ace, booking his place in round three after just 56 minutes.
Next up for Murray is the high-flying Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who the Brit defeated 7-6, 6-4 in the Brisbane final earlier this year.