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Ruthless Murray destroys Garcia-Lopez
By David Ornstein
Britain's Andy Murray continued his serene progress at the Australian Open with a straight sets demolition of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in round three.
World number five Murray tore the 32nd seed to shreds with eight breaks of serve in his 6-1 6-1 6-2 triumph.
Murray was broken once in the first set but had no further problems and came through in one hour 32 minutes.
The 23-year-old Scot, still yet to drop a set at the event, next plays Jurgen Melzer who beat Marcos Baghdatis.
"It was a very good match," Murray told BBC Sport straight after his win. "He's a tough player but I played well. I didn't give him many chances on my serve so I'm happy.
"My intensity has been good so when I play the tougher matches I think I'll be OK. If I can keep up my intensity I'll have a good chance."
Murray, who saw off Karol Beck and Illya Marchenko in rounds one and two, added: "I have played very well in every match.
Murray delighted with progress
"It is difficult to concentrate for long periods in this heat. I've won my matches in straight sets but it's definitely a lot harder than the scoreline suggest."
Murray beat Garcia-Lopez 6-4 6-4 in their only previous meeting, at Queen's in June 2009, and knows him well from time they have spent practising together.
Such familiarity looked as if it might play into the Spaniard's hands as he stunned the crowd with a through-the-legs winner en route to a 40-0 lead in game one.
But Murray clearly had other ideas and fought back aggressively to deuce before breaking serve when Garcia-Lopez clipped a forehand into the tramlines.
He swiftly sealed the double-break, set up by a backhand return winner up the line, followed by his opponent dumping a meek forehand into the net.
Garcia-Lopez, who beat Rafael Nadal on the way to winning the Thailand Open in October, hit back to reduce the deficit - only for his service woes to return in game five.
Murray was targeting the 27-year-old's second delivery with huge success and he brilliantly chased down a drop shot to earn another break point, which was converted for a 4-1 lead.
The Scot broke for the fourth time to seal a 24-minute opening set and picked up where he left off at the start of the second.
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