Murray cruises to win at Australian Open

JOHN SALVADO
Last updated 17:27 17/01/2013

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Dominant Andy Murray dictated terms to the outclassed Joao Sousa, with the Scottish star defying brutally hot conditions to cruise into the third round of the Australian Open.

The reigning US Open champion was largely untroubled by the 40 degree heat, benefiting from another gruelling off-season training program in Miami as he trounced the Portuguese player 6-2 6-2 6-4.

"I got up a couple of breaks pretty quickly in the first two sets so I could play, not so much loose points, but I could try to shorten the points, which helps," said Murray.

"I also served well today and got a lot of free points off my serve.

"There were very few rallies.

"So it worked out well for me because it was really tough conditions."

Murray advanced to a first competitive clash with his some-time training partner Ricardas Berankis from Lithuania, who needed only 77 minutes to send No.25 seed Florian Mayer tumbling out of the Open.

Mayer - who hammered an out-of-sorts Bernard Tomic in the pivotal match of last year's Davis Cup playoff tie against Germany - was trounced 6-2 6-3 6-1 by Berankis.

"He's obviously playing well to beat a guy like Mayer that comfortably," said Murray.

"It was a very good win."

French crowd pleaser Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also moved into the third round with a minimum of fuss, although he was somewhat underwhelmed by his performance.

Tsonga - whose best grand slam result came when he reached the final at Melbourne Park in 2008 - proved too good for Japan's Go Soeda, winning 6-3 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.

"I didn't play a good match," said Tsonga, who has recently linked up with Australian mentor Roger Rasheed, the former coach of Lleyton Hewitt and Gael Monfils.

"I'm happy to go through, but I didn't have the right attitude in this match.

"I hope I will be better in the next one."

Tsonga will next play Slovenian Blaz Kavcic, who triumphed in a marathon five-setter against Australian wildcard James Duckworth that lasted for four hours and 52 minutes, the longest match of the tournament to date.

Kavcic and Duckworth were both cramping badly during the deciding set of the match won 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 10-8 by the Slovenian.

Duckworth's demise meant Bernard Tomic was the only Australian to make it as far as the third round.

The 20-year-old played the big points better than German qualifier Daniel Brands and was rewarded with a 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (10-8) win.

No 13 seed Milos Raonic from Canada beat Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with German No 17 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Israel's Amir Weintraub 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

No 12 seed Marin Cilic from Croatia also advanced, beating American Rajeev Ram 7-5 6-2 6-4.

Cilic now plays No 21 seed Andreas Seppi from Italy.

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