( January 17, 2013) On a day in which temperatures soared past 100 degrees Fareneheit in Melbourne, Scotland’s Andy Murray was cool and collected on court in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Joao Sousa of Portugal to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
“It doesn’t matter how much training you do, it always difficult when the sun comes out here,” Murray said of the extreme temperatures.
“You need to get in control of the points and dictate them because otherwise you will get very tired very quickly in these conditions.”
The third seed triumphed in 101 minutes not facing any break points. Murray broke serve twice in the first and second sets and once more in the third.
“I got up a couple of breaks pretty quickly in the first two sets so I could kind of play, I don’t mean loose points, but I could try to shorten the points, which helps,” Murray said.
“I also served well today, too. I got a lot of free points on my serve.
There was very few long rallies. So it worked out well for me because it was really, really tough conditions.
Murray hit 14 aces and was a perfect nine for nine in net points won.
Murray’s victory sets up a meeting with Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who earlier in the day upset German 25th seed Florian Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-1.