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Murray eases to win over Ljubicic

Andy Murray
Murray is seeded to face Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday

Andy Murray bounced back from his Australian Open defeat by Fernando Verdasco with a straight-sets win over Ivan Ljubicic in Rotterdam.

Murray eased his way through to the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with a 6-3 6-2 victory over the world number 48.

The Scot had lost two of his last three matches against Ljubicic but looked confident and in control throughout.

The second seed will now play Italy's Andreas Seppi in the last 16.

Murray came out on top in an error-filled match and said he was pleased to overcome a player who has given him problems in the past.

"I lost against Ivan two times out of three so I was expecting a difficult match," Murray said.

"He normally serves very, very well but tonight I didn't think he served his best, which made it a bit easier for me.

"There weren't too many rallies, there were a lot of mistakes but it was very tough to see out here. I'm happy to come through reasonably quickly."

Murray was never pushed into producing his top form by the 29-year-old Croatian but after losing in the first round in Rotterdam last year to Robin Haase, the world number four was careful not to be complacent.

The pair shared the early spoils but Murray pushed for a break in the sixth game, missing out on the first break point when an ace saved Ljubicic but Murray capitalised on a double fault to take the game before comfortably serving out the set 6-3.

Murray took control of the second set from the start after a Ljubicic double fault handed the Scot three break points which he took advantage of at the first time of asking.

As the confidence drained out of his opponent Murray held his serve and then broke again - his sixth game in a row giving him a 3-0 lead.

Another break came courtesy of a seventh Ljubicic double fault but with the winning post in sight Murray switched off, serving a double fault of his own and allowing the Croat to break back.

Murray made no mistake when it came to his next service game though and wrapped up the second set 6-2 to win the match and take a place in the second round.


But Murray admitted he is wary of the threat posed by his next opponent, Seppi: "I lost against him the only time I played him.

"He played well here last year, he beat (Rafael) Nadal. But if I play like I did today I have a good chance."

Jamie Murray and Dusan Vemic suffered a disappointing first round exit in Rotterdam, going down 6-7(5), 7-5, 1-10 to Marcin Matkowski and Igor Andreev.

Jamie has now lost his last four matches and could be in danger of missing out on a Davis Cup spot for the tie against the Ukraine in March.

Captain John Lloyd said he would chose between Jamie and Ross Hutchins for the one available doubles spot, depending on their form in the tournaments before March.

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