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Flawless Murray into next round

Australian Open, Melbourne Park

First round result:

A MURRAY (GB) v A Martin (Sp) 6-0 6-0 6-1

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES

By Sarah Holt

Third set:

Murray 6-1 Martin
After that blip in the last game, Murray is focused on closing out the match and he leaps for a match at 30-15. He closes in on match point and the Scottish teenager and British number one takes it with a decent cross-court forehand to reach the second round of the Australian Open for the first time.

“He made a solid player look like a rank amateur and he will go into the second round match very, very confidently as he was never troubled at all.”
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

Murray 5-1 Martin
Murray is in danger of missing out on a landmark scoreline as Martin goes 40-0 up – and the Scot swings his racquet in disgust. It is all over now for Murray’s hopes of an historic triple bagel as Martin takes a game with a whipped forehand.

Murray 5-0 Martin
A double fault from Murray – and he has only got 47% of his first serves in during the match – sees the Scot fall behind to 15-30. It is a momentary blip as he shouts “Come on” and recovers 30-30 before holding.

“This is a very, very rare occurence in tennis to have this scoreline.”
Five Live commentator Jonathan Overend

Murray 4-0 Martin
Martin just isn’t able to get a grip on the match at all as he crumbles to 0-40. A mistake from Murray hands the Spaniard a point back but inevitably Murray breaks again as Martin misjudges another forehand.

Murray 3-0 Martin
Murray exclaims “Argh ahh” as he concedes a point with a double fault but that is the only point he loses as he holds.

“It’s been a practice session for Murray so far.”
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

“I think it’s time to get the cream cheese out.”
Five Live analyst Sam Smith sees a triple bagel coming for Murray

Murray 2-0 Martin
Martin knows he is now in the business of saving some face by getting a game on the board but it looks like a pretty impossible task against the Scot. Murray races forward to skip the ball over the net for 0-30 then the Spaniard goes long for 0-40. In fact, there are some entertaining rallies in this game and Martin jumps up for a smash and 30-40. Oh, it’s all over as Martin shoots wide to hand Murray his 14th game.

Murray 1-0 Martin
A rare mistake from Murray as he thwacks the ball into the net post for 30-15. The 19-year-old holds with ease and calmly drinks some water, while at the opposite end of the court, a flushed and sweating Martin looks on despondently.

Second set:

Murray 6-0 Martin
There are more mistakes from Martin and he hands Murray two set points. Almost predictably the Spaniard goes long to hand the Scot the break and the second set, for a double bagel scoreline.

“This is a mis-match – a heavyweight going up against a lightweight, but the second round will not be that way.”
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

Murray 5-0 Martin
News from Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd that Andy’s Mum Judy got caught by the sun watching Alan Mackin’s defeat earlier in the day because she forgot to wear a hat. She is here watching her son though – and Andy’s older brother Jamie popped in the commentary box too. Anyway, Murray holds again with ease as he rolls on.

Murray 4-0 Martin
Martin is desperately trying to find a way back into the game but his efforts are met with clever counter-punching from the Scot. Murray is outplaying the Spanish world number 60 in every way and he is doing it with calm diligence too – and he secures the double break.

Murray 3-0 Martin
Murray sends Martin scurrying from side-to-side on the baseline as he moves to 40-15 with a sliced forehand. The Spaniard stands open mouthed as he shoots long again to see Murray surge on again.

Murray 2-0 Martin
BBC commentator Chris Bailey jokes that his Spanish counterparts must have known what the outcome of the match would be as they haven’t even bothered to turn up in their commentary box next door. Maybe they were onto something as Martin loops the ball long to hand Murray a break – and his eighth game in a row.

Murray 1-0 Martin
The momentum stays with Murray as he quickly moves to 40-0 – maybe too quickly as he goes long with a heavy shot for 40-15. It does not matter anyway as Murray recovers and holds to scattered applause at the Vodafone Arena.

First set:

Murray 6-0 Martin
Martin pumps the ball wide again to fall 15-30 behind. Murray utters his first words out on court, a simple “No”, as the ball pings off the net and into the tramlines to take Martin to 40-30 and within sight of his first points on the board. But the Spaniard goes wide for deuce. It is hard work for Martin and, after five deuces, he makes two woeful errors to hand Murray a third break and the set.

Murray 5-0 Martin
Another precise angled shot takes Murray to 40-0 and another biting serve sees him hold to race to a 5-0 lead without facing a single break point.

“If Murray is going to be a Grand Slam champion he is going to have to temper his emotions and that is what he is doing here.”
Five Live commentator Jonathan Overend

Murray 4-0 Martin
Another mishit from an out-of-sorts Martin sees him slide to 15-30. Murray is moving so well around the court that he isn’t having to work hard to force Martin into making errors. Murray closes out the game with an angled forehand to break again for a 4-0 lead.

Murray 3-0 Martin
Martin is rushing a little bit here as his unforced errors see the Briton go 30-0 up. The unseeded Spaniard hits his racquet on the floor as he concedes another point and it is looking pretty good for Murray as he takes a 3-0 lead.

“All Andy is thinking at the moment is progressing to the later rounds of this tournament – and he is feeling very confident.”
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

Murray 2-0 Martin
Some very solid returns from Murray take the Briton to 15-40 – and his first break point is in sight. The Spaniard unleashes an angle forehand to save one break point but he overcooks the next forehand to hand Murray an easy break.

Murray 1-0 Martin
Murray serves first to get the match under way. He sends down an ace which just clips the line to level at 15-15 after conceding the first point to Martin. A backhand mishit from Martin takes Murray to 40-15. The Scot eventually wins a tit-for-tat first game after being taken to deuce.

Build-up:

Andy Murray and Alberto Martin are now out on court and officials have decided to keep the roof closed to keep the temperatures down, that means the ball will bounce less too.

The Scottish teenager ambles out wearing dark green shorts, a white top with two-tone green waves, his usual baseball cap and black strapping on his left ankle.

Play is running late in Melbourne because of extreme temperatures which have run as high as 40C.

Matches on the outside courts were halted at 35C while the retractable roofs on the Rod Laver Arena and Vodafone Arena have been closed.

Murray is facing clay-court specialist Martin for the first time in his opening game of the Australian Open.

Murray, 19, is the number 15 seed and has made an impressive start to the season, reaching the final of the Qatar Open in Doha.

The British number one made his debut at the Australian Open last year but was beaten in the first round by Juan Ignacio Chela. He claims that loss spurred him on to work harder throughout the season.

Martin, the world number 60, has twice advanced to the third round in Melbourne.

“Everyone is talking about a more mature, fitter Murray and if all that is true he could have his best performance in a Grand Slam to date.”
BBC analyst Chris Bailey

“He is a dangerous threat and the other players respect him now.”
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

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