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Murray Finishes With 23 Straight Points

Melbourne, Australia

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray won 23 points in a row to clinch victory.

Andy Murray reeled off 23 straight points to win his second-round Australian Open contest with Vincent Millot 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday evening in Melbourne.

The Scot trailed 1-5 in the third set, but did not lose another point as he claimed victory in just over two hours. Murray is a three-time runner-up at Melbourne Park and, on his return from back surgery, is looking to win his third Grand Slam championship, adding to the 2012 US Open title and the 2013 Wimbledon crown.

"I would say that's probably the most I'd ever won in my career by far," said Murray. "I mean, it's very difficult to do. I don't really know how I did it. I guess it's normal he got a little bit nervous, which helped. He started missing a few balls and I adjusted my tactics a little bit. Then that obviously made a difference as well. So it's a good way to finish."

The 26-year-old Murray takes a commanding 7-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his third-round match with Feliciano Lopez, having only lost two sets against the Spaniard. Lopez advanced with a 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-4 win over Michael Berrer, hitting 43 winners and breaking serve four times.

"He's got a great serve," said Murray. "He obviously comes to the net a bit. Different game style to all of the guys nowadays pretty much. So that will, again, be another good test for me and naturally get tougher."

No. 18 seed Gilles Simon came through another five-set tussle to reach the third round. Having edged Daniel Brands 16-14 in the fifth set of his first-round match, the Frenchman backed it up with a 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-2 win over Marin Cilic in three minutes shy of four hours. He goes on to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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