Australian Open 2011: Andy Murray pleased with progress

British No1 upbeat after breezing past Slovakia's Karol Beck to reach round two in Melbourne

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Andy Murray - through to round two in Melbourne (Photo: Rahul Saligram and Gayatri Ramnath)

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British No1 Andy Murray began his search for a grand slam title with an impressive victory over unseeded Slovakian Karol Beck.

The Scot was leading 6-3 6-1 4-2 when his opponent retired with a shoulder injury. The fifth seed was calm and composed throughout, playing patient tennis.

At 3-1 up in the second set Murray sent a sensational forehand pass around the net post whilst on the run to secure him the double break. From then on the match was a precession as Beck had no answer to Murray’s athleticism, power and accuracy.

Murray, who will now face Ukrainian Illya Marchenko in round two, was clearly pleased with his solid performance. Murray said: “I started the match quite well, I got a bit tentative at the end of the first set but played a lot better from late in the second.

“Like I said before the tournament, everyone always has slight doubts before the start, you are always a bit nervous,” he continued. “But getting off to a good start, getting a break early in the match does help a lot, which I managed to do – it is nice to be through to the second round with no drama.”

But despite his impressive start Down Under the world No5 insists he will not get carried away. He added: “I’ve trained and prepared well, which gives you confidence. I’m not going to get ahead of myself, I’ll just focus on one match at a time as the depth of men’s draw is so strong.”

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