AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013
Murray Sails Past Sousa; Tomic Battles To Win
by ATP Staff|
The Scot served 14 aces during his one hour and 41 minutes on court as temperatures crept to 39 degrees Celsius.
"It's good to get it done in three sets because physically, it's very demanding," Murray said in an on-court interview. "When you're playing in that heat, it's very, very difficult to focus when you're really out of breath," he added.
"He plays well, he is not that tall and he hits the ball pretty big from the back of the court," Murray said, noting that Berankis hits the ball flat and aggressively.
The 20-year-old Australian converted his eighth match point to the delight of the Rod Laver Arena crowd.
"I was surprised [with] the way he played today...it was a really tough match," said Tomic, who served 26 aces, three more than Brands, and won 78 per cent of his first serve points.
Marin Cilic, the No. 12 seed and 2010 semi-finalist (l. to Murray), will challenge No. 21 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy in the third round after the Croatian proved too strong for American Rajeev Ram in a 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win. It was his 230th tour-level match victory.