By Luke Sefton
Andy Murray survived a late resurgence to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 win against the world 55 Joao Sousa today.

For two and a half sets the three-time finalist was in a league of his own on Hisense arena, but a small wobble in the third set gave Sousa the chance to make a match of it before Murray eventually clinched it after just over two hours on court.

Sousa came out firing, regularly attacking the Murray second serve as he looked for an early foothold in the match. But the Brit fended off the early danger, saving a break point at 1-1 thanks in no small part to some savvy serving.

And the sixth seed came alive in the next game, bringing up his first break point with a couple of...
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By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray progressed to the third round of the Australian Open with a routine 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Marinko Matosevic.

The gulf in class between the Scot and his Australian opponent was obvious from the start. Murray cantered into a 5-0 lead in under 15 minutes, seeing out the set for the loss of just one point on serve and one unforced error.

The second and third sets were slightly closer affairs, but Murray quickly found another gear when he needed to. Moments of danger were few and far between. A brief wobble at 4-1 in the second set was quickly arrested, and a break point in the middle of the third was saved.

The Scot's shot making and movement were exemplary, with the cross-court forehand particularly impressing. The ...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray proved too strong for Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri on the opening day of the Australian Open, winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in the newly refurbished Margaret Court Arena. It was a solid opening match for Murray who served and returned well, hitting 13 aces and 40 winners in the two hours and 13 minute encounter.

22-year-old Bhambri is currently ranked 317th in the world but had a career-high ranking of 143 last February before being sidelined by injury for five months. His aggressive game certainly made things tricky at times for the sixth seed, who did well to recover from a 1-4 deficit in the third set.

Murray took the initiative early on, breaking to take a 3-1 lead. But a poor volley put him back on serve in the seventh game. He...
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By Nigel Graber
If Andy Murray is to lift the Australian Open trophy on the 1st of February, he’s probably going to have to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in successive rounds to do so.

The tough proposition results from the Scot’s world ranking of six, which puts him at risk of facing members of the top four from the quarter-finals onwards.

If the sharp end of the men’s singles looks especially jagged, Murray can at least look forward to a relatively benign opener against a qualifier.

From there, he’ll likely face Aussie Marinko Matosevic and then the dangerous Martin Klizan in round three. Murray could then play Grigor Dimitrov, the man who ended his Wimbledon reign last year, in the round of 16.

Murray’s route ...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray continued his Australian Open preparation at the Hopman Cup this week, partnering Heather Watson in the Perth mixed team event. He was unbeaten in singles, continuing the strong play he showed last week in Abu Dhabi.

Great Britain got off to a winning start on Monday with a 2-1 win over France. Murray began the tie with a comfortable 6-2, 7-5 victory against Benoit Paire. Watson lost 2-6, 2-6 to Alize Cornet before the Brits regrouped to take the mixed doubles 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.

In Wednesday’s tie against Poland, Agnieszka Radwanska overcame Watson 6-3, 6-1 before Murray took on Jerzy Janowicz. After losing his opening service game, the Brit won nine games in a row before closing out a 6-2, 6-4 victory. But Great Britain went down i...
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By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray has won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship final after Novak Djokovic withdrew from the final of the prestigious exhibition event with an illness.

The world number one said, "Unfortunately, I am not able to play in the final in Abu Dhabi. I've been sick today with a fever and I'm not fit to play."

The Serb’s withdrawal deprived the crowd of the chance to see two players who had looked very much in form. Djokovic thrashed Stan Wawrinka 6-1 6-2 in his semi-final, whilst Murray dispatched Rafael Nadal for the loss of only two games in his own last-four match.

The non-event, could, however, prove a blessing in disguise for the Scot, who felt a twinge in his shoulder during the Nadal match.

Murray said, "I ...
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