Tennis: Murray beats Zverev, Raonic pounds his way past Pouille at Australian Open

Britain's Andy Murray in action during his match against Germany's Alexander Zverev on Jan 19, 2016.
Britain's Andy Murray in action during his match against Germany's Alexander Zverev on Jan 19, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - World No. 1 Andy Murray wore down young German Alexander Zverev to win his opening match in straight sets at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Last year's runner-up won 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in 2hr 7min and will face Australian Sam Groth in the second round.

In another men's match, Canada's big-serving Milos Raonic pounded Frenchman Lucas Pouille to glide into the second round.

The 13th seed, who conquered Roger Federer in the final of the lead-up Brisbane International, swept through 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in just 86 minutes on Show Court Two.