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Murray safely through to the second round of the Australian Open


Andy Murray has admitted he knows very little about Vincent Millot, who takes on the British No. 1 in the second round of the Australian Open.

Frenchman Millot, a 27-year-old qualifier and current world No.267, had never won a match at a grand slam before Tuesday, when he saw off Wayne Odesnik.

The victory proved to be a particularly popular one, with Odesnik having served a doping ban in 2010 after getting caught bringing a human growth hormone into Australia.

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Murray said of his next opponent: "I know he's left-handed but I haven't played or practised against him before, I haven't seen any of his matches. I'll try to watch a bit of video of his match to see how he plays."

Then, in reference to Odesnik's controversy, Murray added: "But I'm glad he won."

Murray will also be pleased to see that Feliciano Lopez, who the Scot has beaten in all seven of their previous meetings, is the only seed remaining in his section.

Should Murray get past Millot and Lopez, his fourth-round opponent would be one of Stephane Robert, Michal Przysiezny, Blaz Rola or Martin Klizan - none of whom on paper should deny the British No. 1 a place in the second week.

And referencing the extreme heat in Melbourne, Murray said: "In these conditions you want to win fast. Whether I've played a lot of matches or not, every player would want to get off the court as quick as possible.

"I'm well aware if I go further in the tournament, if I win my next match, the matches are going to get longer and tougher. I'm still kind of waiting to see every day how I'm going to wake up.

"I'm confident that I'm going to be okay. But these tournaments over best-of-five-set matches on the hard courts, over two weeks, it's tough on the body. So it was a good test for me."

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