British number one Andy Murray made light work of his opponent in his opening round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Murray, seeded fourth beat Go Soeda from Japan 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 yesterday in just under and hour and half with a combination of big serves and deadly backhand winners. He will now face Vincent Millot from France in round two tomorrow.
Competitors are suffering from the high temperatures of the Australian summer with on-court temperatures climbing up to over 40 degrees. Murray has spoken out in the media about his fears that someone could suffer a heart attack if play goes ahead in 108F (42C) temperatures in Melbourne, as they did on Tuesday. Canada’s Frank Dancevic fainted during his match, Peng Shuai of China, vomited at the side of the court and a ball boy collapsed. The heat also affected fans who chose not to sit court-side because of the ferocity of the heat.
Hutchins in action (source: http://www.express.co.uk)
In other British tennis news Ross Hutchins and Colin Fleming won their first round match in the Mens Doubles competition beating Marinko Matosevic (Australia) and Michal Przysiezny (Poland) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. This is Hutchins first win since his return to competitive play since recovering from cancer.
Check out the amusing Telegraph Sport article ‘The five ages of Andy Murray’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/10565540/Australian-Open-2014-The-five-ages-of-Andy-Murray.html