Tennis: Andy Murray's back holds up as he advances to 2nd round of Australian Open
Published on Jan 14, 2014 5:00 PM
MELBOURNE (AFP) - Three-time runner-up Andy Murray swept into the second round of the Australian Open with an easy straight sets win over Japan's Go Soeda today.
The British fourth seed won 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 27 minutes as he worked his way to full match fitness after back surgery.
Murray said his back felt fully recovered but added that the long lay-off meant the rest of his body was not yet at the level he would like.
The Scot had surgery in September, missing the rest of last season, and his preparations for Melbourne, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in last year's final, have not been good.
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