(MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA) – Britain’s Andy Murray made short work of local hopeful Marinko Matosevic on the hottest day so far at this year’s Australian Open. Sixth seeded Murray didn’t let the home crowd bother him as he went through in straight sets 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Seventh-seed Tomas Berdych also advanced with a straight sets win. He beat Austrian qualifier Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-2.
Roger Federer overcame a slow start and a sore finger in his match. The world number 2 beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to round three. Federer, whose 17 Grand Slam singles titles include four at Melbourne Park, received treatment from a trainer at the end of the first set and appeared to not be bothered by the ailment for the remainder of the match.
Also through is tenth seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, a 6-3, 6-7 (10), 6-3, 6-3 winner over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.
In the women’s singles, Maria Sharapova saved two match points in a narrow escape against the world number 150, her Russian compatriot Alexandra Panova. Sharapova, the second seed here in Australia, made 51 unforced errors and had to face two match points in the 10th game of the third set, ripping big forehand winners on both points to stay in the match. Eventually going on to win 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.