Perth - Briton Andy Murray showed no signs
of a thigh injury as he dispatched German teenager Alexander Zverev in the
punishing Perth heat at the Hopman Cup on Friday.
The world No 2 had spoken of soreness in
his right thigh during Wednesday's loss to Australian Nick Kyrgios at the mixed
team event but his movement was sharp as he picked apart Zverev 6-3 6-4 to keep
alive Britain's hopes of making the final.
Murray, four-times an Australian Open
runner-up, wore down his 83rd ranked opponent by keeping him on the move and
targeted the German's inconsistent forehand as he secured an early break in
Zverev, though, refused to balk and
continued to try and push Murray. The young German pulled back a break in the
eight game of the second set after an error-strewn game by the Scot but Murray
recovered to seal on his next service game after a big serve down the middle.
Ever the perfectionist, Murray said he had
more work to do before the Australian Open gets underway on January 18 in
"I started missing a few balls and
dropping a few short and he was able to dictate some of the points at the end
so something I need to do a bit better," the 28-year-old said in an
"I feel fine, it's great to get
matches in, nice to play during the day to get used to the hot weather.
Hopefully it's not that bad in Melbourne."
Murray will team up with compatriot Heather
Watson in the mixed doubles later on Friday.Watson began the day by beating Sabine
Lisicki 6-3 6-4 and the British pair need to win the doubles to have any chance
of overhauling Australia Green, who meet winless France in Friday's evening