Andy Murray pleased with speedy victory in Australian Open first round

Last Updated: 15/01/13 9:32pm

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Andy Murray: Strong start for third seed in Melbourne

Andy Murray: Strong start for third seed in Melbourne

Andy Murray was satisfied with his performance after opening his Australian Open campaign with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Dutchman Robin Haase.

The British No.1 was pleased with the way he coped in the oppressive heat on Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to set up a second-round clash with world No 100 Joao Sousa after the Portuguese beat Australian wildcard John-Patrick Smith in straight sets.

"It was a good start," said Murray. "It was very different conditions to what it's been like the last four, five days. The court was playing different, much livelier.

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"But I thought I did a pretty good job from the start - dictating the points and not giving him too many freebies.

"I started the year well in Brisbane but coming into the slams the first match is normally pretty tough.

"You just have to focus and play solid, not make too many silly mistakes. I did a good job of that today.

"It is always nice to get through the first round of any tournament but especially here."

It was Murray's first grand slam match since he claimed his maiden major at the US Open last year - but he claimed he was still nervous beforehand.

"I don't think there is anyone who doesn't get nervous," he said.

"Nerves are a good thing. If you aren't nervous, it shows that you're really not that bothered."

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