Murray wins first game in Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 16 (IANS) British tennis player Andy Murray defeated Illya Marchenko of Ukraine in the first game of the Australian Open here on Monday.

The world number 1 outplayed his Ukrainian opponent 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena here.

Five-time finalist in this tournament, Murray competes for the 12th time in the prestigious tournament.

A recent finalist in Doha against Serbian Novak Djokovic, Murray will now face Russian Andrey Rublev, who ascended from the preliminary phase.

–IANS

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