AUSTRALIAN OPEN Venue: Melbourne Park Date: 18-31 January BBC coverage:
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Video replay - Murray v Gicquel
By Ben Dirs
Britain's Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory over France's Marc Gicquel in Melbourne.
The fifth seed needed just 24 minutes to win the first set and an early break was enough to win the second, despite a slight loss of focus.
Murray was broken for the first time in the third set, but the Scot broke back twice to secure a comfortable win.
Murray next plays Frenchman Florent Serra, who beat Jarkko Nieminen.
"The first set was good and then it was tough after that," said the 22-year-old Murray, who hit 38 winners and 10 aces.
"I came through a couple of tough moments early in the second set, I was down 0-40 on my serve and managed to hold there.
"He started to play better at that stage and I came through that well.
"I've played two matches and got broken twice, once in each match, so I'm reasonably happy with that.
"I served better today than I did the first day and I'm sure I'll serve better in the next round than I did today."
Murray, who dropped just four games in defeating South African qualifier Kevin Anderson in the first round, took no time at all to adjust to the windy conditions, breaking Gicquel twice as he raced into a 4-0 lead.
Gicquel, the world number 57, took Murray to deuce in the next game, but some big serving extricated the Scot from trouble before he held serve courtesy of a backhand winner down the line.
Gicquel, who reached the quarter-finals in 2008, managed to avoid a love set, but Murray was in no mood to let the Frenchman off the hook, wrapping up the opener in 24 minutes with his second ace.
Murray happy with 'solid' victory
Murray, standing well inside the baseline to receive Gicquel's second serve, hit two winning returns on his way to breaking in the first game of the second set.
There were signs the 32-year-old Gicquel was beginning to find his rhythm in the next game, but Murray dredged up another ace when it mattered to move into a 2-0 lead.
The next four games went with serve, although Murray had to show his battling qualities to save three break points and hold with the score at 3-2.
Murray made four unforced errors and failed to convert a break point as Gicquel pulled it back to 4-3, and there were signs the British number one had gone off the boil after his rampant start.
But Murray retained enough focus to wrap up the set, and it was encouraging that his first serve percentage had risen from 39% in the first to 54% overall.
The first two games of the third set went with serve before Gicquel was broken, and Murray saved a break point in the next to make it 3-1.
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Gicquel took advantage of some sloppy play from Murray to break for the first time and level at 3-3, but Murray broke back immediately, Gicquel allowing himself to be rattled by a poor line call on the first point and surrendering the game with a double-fault.
Murray held serve before creating two match points with a delightful lob winner, both of which Gicquel saved. But victory was assured after one hour and 50 minutes when Gicquel put a backhand long.
Serra, world ranked 64, came from match point down to beat Finnish veteran Nieminen 3-6 6-4 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.
"He [Serra] has been around the 50 mark [in the world rankings] for quite a long time," said Murray.
"He's a solid player. He's had two very long matches so far and saved a couple of match points today.
"So you know he's going to go for it and I have to make sure I'm on my game."
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