Melbourne - British fourth seed Andy Murray strung together a winning sequence of
23 consecutive points to beat French qualifier Vincent Millot in
straight sets and reach the Australian Open third round Thursday.
Murray, a three-time beaten finalist in Melbourne, downed Millot 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena.
was down two breaks in the final set against the 267th-ranked Millot,
but reeled off the last 23 points in a row to get a double-break and
serve out for the match.
"I didn't really care about winning 23 points in a row.
"I wanted to win the match," Murray said.
glad I finished it there, because it was very hard conditions.
the evening it was so humid after they closed the roof and there was
rain and thunderstorms.
"It changed the way the court and the
balls played a lot. It was heavier.
"A lot of balls in the net today.
Slowed everything down a bit.
"I just was glad to get off."
Scot ran through the first two sets but then encountered stiffer
resistance from the French left-hander, who had won his first Grand Slam
match in the opening round against American Wayne Odesnik.
been in the final here three times and this is the tournament I love and
I want to try and win," he said after advancing.
"I don't know if this
will be the year, but I'll try my best."
Murray said he found the
playing conditions difficult after easing through his first round with
Japan's Go Soeda for the loss of just five games.
"I thought first
match I played very well.
"Today I found tricky.
"I found the opponent
"I found the conditions tricky," he said.
"I maybe didn't
adjust to those sort of conditions and the opponent as well as I would
have liked. But I did okay. I did some good things out there.
"The first match I would say I played better.
"But I'm through to the third round.
"Haven't lost a set yet."
Murray said Millot had played "unbelievable" early in the final set.
"It was unbelievable the way he played and he was stepping up to the baseline on every shot and hitting winners," he said.
was almost going for broke on a lot of shots.
"He was hitting the ball
so early, flat and low.
"It was very humid today, so the ball really
wasn't flying much.
"He started missing a few balls and I adjusted my tactics a little bit."
broke Millot's serve eight times and lost his service three times,
while hitting 25 winners and 31 unforced errors.
He will play Spanish
26th seed Feliciano Lopez in the third round.
"Feliciano's got a
"He comes to the net a bit.
"Different game style to all of
the guys nowadays pretty much," he said.
"So that will be another good test for me and naturally get tougher."
Results from the Australian Open on Thursday:
Kei Nishikori (JPN x16) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x10) bt Thomaz Belluci (BRA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Donald Young (USA) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x24) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Roger Federer (SUI x6) bt Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4)
Stephane Robert (FRA) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 7-6 (7/3), 6-1,
6-7 (3/7), 6-1
Gael Monfils (FRA x25) bt Jack Sock (USA) 7-6 (7/2), 7-5, 6-2
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x22) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9)
Milos Raonic (CAN x11) bt Victor Hanescu (ROM) 7-6 (11/9), 6-4, 6-4
Martin Klizan (SVK) bt Blaz Rola (SLO) 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7/2)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x26) bt Michael Berrer (GER) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4
Andy Murray (GBR x4) bt Vincent Millot (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 7-5
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) bt Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x5) 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x31) 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Gilles Simon (FRA x18) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2
Benoit Paire (FRA x27) bt Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Women's singles:Second round:
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) bt Marina Erakovic (NZL) 6-4, 6-0
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x29) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 6-2, 6-2
Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-4, 7-5
Simona Halep (ROU x11) bt Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x16) bt Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 8-6
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x20) bt Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-0, 6-1
Alize Cornet (FRA x25) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Maria Sharapova (RUS x3) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) bt Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-3, 6-3
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x5) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 6-0, 7-5
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x10) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-0, 1-6, 6-2
Sloane Stephens (USA x13) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
Victoria Azarenka (BLR x2) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
Kurumi Nara (JPN) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK x32) 6-4, 6-3
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x8) bt Ayumi Morita (JPN) 6-2, 6-0
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) bt Bojana Jovanovski (SRB x33) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2