Melbourne - British fourth seed Andy Murray
downed Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets to reach the
third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
Twice a finalist
in Melbourne, Murray won 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in less than two hours and will
play another Frenchman, Michael Llodra, in the last 32.
Murray began brilliantly, racing through the opening set in just 23 minutes against the 101st-ranked Roger-Vasselin.
he encountered more resistance in a 53-minute second set before taking
the match thanks to a service break in the seventh game of the final
The Scot, now coached by eight-time grand slam champion Ivan
Lendl, broke Roger-Vasselin's serve four times and faced only one break
point on his service in the whole match.
He remains unbeaten this season in seven matches after winning the Brisbane International.
Murray is bidding to become Britain's first male grand slam winner since Fred Perry in 1936.
Murray lost to Novak Djokovic in last year's Melbourne final, 12 months after losing to Roger Federer in the 2010 decider.