Andy Murray breezes into the second round at Sydney Tennis Classic with 72-minute dismantling of Viktor Durasovic as he ramps up preparations for Australian Open
- Andy Murray took just 72 minutes to breeze past Viktor Durasovic in Sydney
- It ended up being a 6-3, 6-1 victory for the former world No 1 on Tuesday
- He has been given a wildcard for the Australia Open and is hitting form
Andy Murray stepped up preparations for his Australian Open return by brushing aside Viktor Durasovic in the first round of the Sydney Tennis Classic.
Murray required just 72 minutes to sink the world number 345 and bounce back from his disappointing loss to Facundo Bagnis in Melbourne to win 6-3 6-1.
The former world No 1 has accepted a wild card for the Australian Open, three years after intimating he may have played his last game due to impending hip surgery.
Andy Murray saw off Viktor Durasovic with ease to reach the second round in Sydney
Murray looked in fine form and will hope to carry momentum into the Australian Open
Murray said in his on-court interview: ‘It is really nice to get my range and hopefully I can carry that through to Melbourne.
‘I was hoping to get matches in Melbourne last week, but that didn’t happen.
‘Thankfully the tournament organisers agreed to give me the wild card and the opportunity to play here and I am very grateful for that.’
Murray produced a strong performance from the baseline to outclass Durasovic, and the Scot will next face Georgian second seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Durasovic was outplayed on the baseline and was unable to prevent a 72-minute drubbing
Murray held a tearful press conference in Australia three years ago but is miraculously back