Andy Murray Takes Down Marchenko to Reach Second Round of Aus Open

Murray dug himself out of a number of holes before defeating Marchenko in the first round of Australian Open.

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Andy Murray dug himself out of a number of holes before defeating Illya Marchenko 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-2 to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Top seed Murray conceded a 5-2 lead in a first set in which he landed less than half of his first serves, and was down 4-2 after being broken early in the second at the Rod Laver Arena.

But the Briton rallied, yelling his way through the flat patches before finding his range in the third set as the shadows crept across the centre court.

The three-time Grand Slam champion Murray will play the Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev in his next match as he bids for a maiden title at Melbourne Park after five defeats in the final.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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