Murray passes Go, collects second round berth

Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:57am EST
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By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray surprised himself as he showed no signs of rustiness in confidently dispatching Japan's Go Soeda 6-1 6-1 6-3 in his Australian Open first round match on Tuesday.

Four months after having back surgery, the three-times Australian Open runner-up cruised to victory over his 112 ranked opponent in 85 dominant minutes on Hisense Arena.

Having played only two competitive matches in the build-up, Murray was worried that he might be under-cooked but in temperatures that hit 42.2 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) at one stage he was rarely troubled.

"I played well today," fourth seed Murray told reporters, in typically understated manner.

"Maybe didn't expect to play as well as I did today, but the signs have been good in practice. I started the match off very well and did everything solid."

Murray decided to have surgery on his back after 18 months of playing through pain and said he felt much freer on court against Soeda.

"Not every shot hurt my back before but on certain shots I'm a lot freer in the movement just now," he said. "I hope that continues.

"That was the whole point of having the surgery. So if I was still in pain and stiff and sore then I'd be a bit worried about the next few years.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain celebrates defeating Go Soeda of Japan during their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 14, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray