Australian Open

Murray demolishes Marchenko

2011-01-20 13:25
Andy Murray (AP)

Melbourne - Andy Murray overpowered Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 6-1 6-3 6-3 on Thursday to book a place in the third round of the Australian Open, triggering wild crowd scenes under the floodlights.

Margaret Court Arena erupted in soccer-style celebrations after the fifth seed, runner-up last year in Melbourne, wrapped up a one-sided victory in a shade under two hours.

Feverishly pumping his fists in the direction of his coach after pinching the odd point or game, the muscle-bound Marchenko had very little substance to back up his extravagance.

Murray calmly put an end to the Ukrainian's posturing and racket-throwing tantrums, hammering an unplayable serve down the middle to close out the match up set up a meeting with Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

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