Australian Open: Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal all in action on day four

Last Updated: 15/01/14 5:48pm

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Andy Murray: Dropped just five games in round one

Andy Murray: Dropped just five games in round one

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Andy Murray will look to build on his impressive start to the Australian Open when he faces Vincent Millot in the second round on Thursday.

Murray showed moments of brilliance as he clinically took apart Go Soeda en route to a 6-1 6-1 6-3 victory in the first round - with his serve, in particular, looking potent.

It was a welcome performance from the British No 1, who had made an indifferent return to action in 2014 following back surgery.

And the Wimbledon champion will be expected to produce a similar display against Millot in the final match of the day on Rod Laver Arena.

The 27-year-old Millot, a left-hander from France, is ranked a lowly 267th in the world and came through three rounds of qualifying to take his place in the main draw of a grand slam for only the third time in his career. In fact Millot's first-round win over Wayne Odesnik was his first in one of the majors.

Rafael Nadal, who Murray will meet in the semi-final should the draw pan out as expected, should also have an easy route into round three - with the top seed due to take on world No 570 Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Roger Federer will be in action on Hisense Arena, with the former world No 1 facing Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic, while 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has a tougher-looking task against Thomaz Bellucci.

The 26-year-old Brazilian is far better than his current ranking of 129 suggests, with Bellucci having previously been in the top-25 and won three ATP Tour titles.

He had to qualify for the main draw, though, and has lost his two previous encounters with Tsonga - including at the 2012 Olympics.

Rising star

Tsonga's fellow Frenchmen, 25th seed Gael Monfils and 27th-ranked Benoit Paire will also be in action. Monfils faces a potential banana skin against rising American star Jack Sock, while Paire faces Australian outsider Nick Kyrgios.

Two of the leading contenders in the women's draw will be in action on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday, with Maria Sharapova facing Karin Knapp and Victoria Azarenka taking on Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Despite being 44th in the rankings Knapp should pose few problems for the third seed Sharapova, while defending champion Azarenka is the heavily-backed favourite to ease past world No 84 Strycova.

No 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki is also in action on Rod Laver Arena, with Christina McHale standing between her and a place in the third round.

Agnieszka Radwanska, the fifth seed, will be on the Hisense Arena against Olga Govortsova, while on Margaret Court Arena No 25 seed Alize Cornet and the 13th-ranked Sloane Stephens are both in action.

Cornet will look to plot a path past Italian Camila Giorgi, while highly-rated Stephens faces Ajla Tomjanovic.

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