Australian Open 2015: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal through to second round

Andy Murray books his place in the second round of the Australian Open with victory over Yuki Bhambri

Andy Murray booked his place in the second round of the Australian Open thanks to a straight-sets win over India’s Yuki Bhambri in Melbourne.

The Scot triumphed 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in two hours 12 minutes on Margaret Court Arena on the opening day of 2015’s first Grand Slam.

“I thought it was a good start,” Murray told BBC Sport. “I thought he played well; he was very aggressive and he was right up on the baseline the whole match.

“That made it difficult because it didn’t give me much rhythm or a lot of time.

“But I thought I served very well the whole match – that was the most pleasing thing for me. Hopefully I’ll get a little bit better and a bit quicker after my serve and after my returns.”

Meanwhile, third seed Rafael Nadal also eased through in Melbourne with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in his first match at a Grand Slam since Wimbledon.

Grigor Dimitrov and Tomas Berdych were among the other players to win their openers on day one in Melbourne.

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