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Australian Open 2012: Andy Murray cruises into third round

Andy Murray eases into the third round after beating world No101 Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets on Thursday

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Andy Murray comfortably beat Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-1 6-4 6-4 to set up a third-round tie against France’s Michael Llodra on Saturday.

The British No1 admitted he was the benefactor of numerous unforced errors by Roger-Vasselin as he raced to victory in one hour and 58 minutes.

But the world No4 was particularly pleased with his serve as the 24-year-old hit nine aces in the straights set win against his 101st-ranked French opponent.

“I served well today,” said Murray. “Obviously got off to a better start here. He struggled at the beginning, and I was making a lot of balls. He made quite a few mistakes.

“Then I thought towards the end of the second set, beginning of the third especially, he started playing much better. He was taking the ball early, trying to come to the net, made it difficult.

“But I served well and didn’t give him any chances, so was happy.”

Murray’s next opponent in Melbourne will be world No46 LLodra – the fourth seed has beaten the French left-hander on two previous occasions.

But the Scot still expects a difficult game against his experienced opponent. “He’s been a great doubles player, been very good at singles for a long time,” said Murray. “He’s got a lot of experience. He makes it difficult because of the way he plays.

“You don’t see guys playing like that much nowadays [who come to the net]. When you do play against them, it normally takes a little while to adjust.

“It’s going to be tough. But I’ve always enjoyed playing guys that come forward in the past. Hopefully I can play a good match against him.”

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