The world no 1 Andy Murray registered a straight sets victory over Andrey Rublev and seals a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 win in an hour and 37 minutes. It was a good competition between two and Rublev took some good points but failed to win any of the sets.Also Read - Shoaib Malik And Sania Mirza Launch Their Own Signature Perfume In Pakistan | Watch Video
Murray took an early lead of 2 points in the first game and within a half an hour mark Murray won the first set with the minimum of fuss. The second set was no different and Murray was enjoying himself on the court. Also read: Duan Yingying to face Venus Williams in third round of the tournament Also Read - WATCH | Rafael Nadal Plays Tennis With 97-Year-Old Man
The world no 1 was firmly in control of the game and even teased his opponent with a nasty drop shot to get to 30-30, before Rublev moved up to 40-30 courtesy a well-placed forehand volley. However, Murray battle back to get to advantage and break point thanks to a couple of errors from the Russian. Also Read - Roger Federer Opts Out of Australian Open 2022, Gives Update on Future Plans: My World Will Not Collapse if I Never Play Grand Slam Final
In the third set, there was a moment of tense as Andy Murray slipped during the game and took a nasty fall on his ankle and looked in discomfort. He then had a chat with his trainer and continued to play as it seemed like injury was not much serious.
Just like the previous two sets, Murray controlled this one also and not taking much time he won the final set to hand a straight sets defeat to Rublev.
When asked about his ankle injury he suffered in the third set, Murray said, “It’s a little sore, but not too serious. I definitely rolled it a little but I’ll put some ice on it and I could move OK towards the end so that was positive. I can put weight on it, it’s just a bit sore, so hopefully it will be fine.”
Andy Murray will now face America’s 31st-seed Sam Querrey in the third round and when asked about his upcoming clash with the American, Murray replied, “It’ll be a tough one. He has a big game – big serve and takes lots of chance with his forehand, so it’ll be a tricky one. Obviously he beat Novak at Wimbledon last year so I’ll have to be on my game to get the win.”
In other matches, Roger Federer booked his place in the third round of Australian Open 2017 with a 7-5 6-3 7-6(3) win over American Noah Rubin. Also read: Roger Federer struggles into third round
Ivo Karlovic secured a historic 6-7(8) 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20 win over Horacio Zeballos in a match which lasted for five hours and 14 minutes.
At 22-20, it was the longest fifth set in the history of the Australian Open and was the longest match in terms of games since the tiebreak was introduced at the tournament. Also read: Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova sail into second round
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