Murray coasts past Melzer in Oz

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Andy Murray secured a 7-5 6-0 6-3 victory against Austrian Jurgen Melzer to book a place in the last-16 of the Australian Open.

Britain's number one and the fourth seed in Melbourne came through a difficult opening set as left-hander Melzer fired 14 winners.
After surviving two break points in the opening game of the second set, Murray did not look back to dominate with some excellent strokes to win it within 25 minutes.
The Scot was broken as he served for the match in the third set and then lost the first point of his next service game. However he stormed back and eventually sealed the match with an ace to set up a fifth-round clash against 14th seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
Afterwards Murray said: "Concentration was very good. He can hit some unbelievable shots and make it very difficult but once I got on top of him I kept my focus well."
Murray will be confident of defeating Verdasco on Monday and securing a place in the quarter-finals given that he has won all of their five previous meetings.
He added: "It will be a tough match, he's very flashy as well with a big forehand, but I'm feeling confident and my record against lefties is very good so hopefully I can keep it up."

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