Murray rolls over hapless Haase

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In his only previous grand-slam encounter with Robin Haase, Murray had taken the most circuitous route possible to victory. On Rod Laver Arena this afternoon, though, the Scot rolled over the Dutchman in little over 90 minutes, sealing a spot in round two of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory.

Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open era to win his second major in the slam that immediately follows the first. That task was given impetus with two early breaks of serve amid the kind of searing backcourt play that can make grown opponents chew off their own racket arms.

Although an over-adventurous drop shot handed back a break, the number three seed rarely looked troubled, even as he staved off five break points to clinch the first set.

As Murray sent Haase from corner to corner in the second set, the look in the Dutchman’s eyes seemed to be saying ‘I didn’t sign up for anything like this’. The Scot wrapped up the set in just 23 minutes.

After Murray broke immediately in the third set, a minor lapse saw Haase break back, but the Scot broke again for the eighth time to seal the deal.

"I started the year well in Brisbane, but obviously coming into the Slams, the first match is normally pretty tough," said the Scot.

"There's nerves in the build-up. You've just got to try and focus and play solid, not make too many silly mistakes. I did a good job of that today. It's always nice to get through the first round of a tournament, but especially here."

Murray will play Joao Sousa of Portugal in round two.
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Love the headline Very Happy
January 15, 2013, 08:39 AM
By Sabine

Nice report Nigel! I'd love to see repeat performance by Andy in the next round! I'm sure there'll be enough nail biting stuff  further up the line!  Whistle
January 15, 2013, 08:58 AM
By Caz

Super report,Nigel,also a rave review on the Telegraph I only have one thing to say to Murray "That's the way to do it!"
January 15, 2013, 09:12 AM
By benniebone

Thanks Nigel , great play from Andy, very impressive .  yay
January 15, 2013, 09:30 AM
By deb

Cheers Grabc.
That's what we want from Andy in the first week. Nice, quick, energy conserving matches.
Come on!
January 15, 2013, 09:47 AM
By blueberryhill

Smile There was nothing much to comment on that match, he won and I wish I'd slept through it yawn
January 15, 2013, 10:15 AM
By Hazybear

Great report, Nigel, it was an easy match. The Telegraph have had some good articles over the last few days. Simon Briggs seems to support Andy and writes very well of him.
January 15, 2013, 10:41 AM
By janscribe

Great report. I'm just watching the highlights on Eurosport. Job done with little fuss,and the next match should be an easy one as well.
January 15, 2013, 12:23 PM
By michelle

Enjoyed the report Nigel and hope I'll be able to watch the eurosport highlights, which I recorded, once I'm home again later this week.  It was good to wake up to the news and that it sounded easy peasy -so different from their previous encounter as you say.
Sounds like the heat might be Andy's main opponent on Thursday - they were talking about 40 on the radio
January 15, 2013, 12:33 PM
By Ruthie

Nice Nigel! Great play by Andy, only 6 to go!! Poetry in motion. cmon yeah
January 15, 2013, 12:40 PM
By ChrisMac

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