Murray starts with dominant victory

Andy Murray

Murray is seeking to win the Australian Open for the first time

British number one Andy Murray saw off German teenager Alexander Zverev with ease to reach the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Murray, 28, dominated throughout against the former junior world number one to secure a 6-1 6-2 6-3 victory.

The world number two will now face Australian Sam Groth, holder of the game’s fastest serve, on Thursday.

Murray joined fellow Briton Johanna Konta in the second round but Dan Evans went out and Aljaz Bedene plays later.

“It got tough at the end, there were a lot of long games and rallies – Alex fought hard and made it very competitive,” Murray said.

“It was hot today, especially when the clouds went, so I was glad to get it done in three sets.”

Murray has said he will leave the Australian Open if his wife, Kim, goes into labour, although she is not due to give birth until February.

“I’m hoping my phone hasn’t been buzzing in my bag,” he joked. “But Kim will message the team if anything happens in any of the matches.”

More soon.

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