Brushed aside

Andy Murray’s Australian Open continued in routine style, with the Scot strolling through into the fourth round with a three sets win over Florent Serra, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4. He will now face American John Isner, who is 6ft 9in tall and with a powerful serve, much like his first round opponent Kevin Anderson.

After a sloppy first set, where Murray made as many mistakes as Serra (line and length were a real problem), the world number four took control of the match and eventually swatted aside his French opponent. Isner may be a tougher test, however; he sent 26 aces past 12th seed Monfils in his match.

‘It was good,’ he said afterwards. ‘The first set was a bit closer than it needed to be. I had chances to go 4-0, didn't take them, and he started to get into it a little bit. But to win in straight sets is really important. Especially the second set was good.’

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