Andy Murray made easy work of Go Soeda in his first round match at the Australian Open, walking out with a straight-sets victory.
This is the British number one's first Grand Slam since his back surgery back in September, and he looked to be close to his best on the big stage in Melbourne.
Murray took on an opponent ranked 112 in the world, and it showed as he hardly broke sweat, beating Soeda 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in just 87 minutes in the Hisense Arena.
The Scotsman was given a boost before he entered the court when his scheduled fourth round opponent, No.13 seed John Isner, retired from the competition with an ankle injury.
Murray will now face Vincent Millot in the next round on Thursday, after he beat Wayne Odesnik in five sets earlier today.
Murray said: "You expect that. It was so hot. It was my first Grand Slam match since my back surgery so I was taking nothing for granted. And you can't prepare for this heat. There were a lot of players struggling out there today.
"When you haven't played for a while, you are pretty stressed out before. You are anxious to know how the back will respond. I will know the after-effects better tomorrow."
Whilst the opening phase of the draw appears to have been kind to the Scot, he's likely to meet Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic if he makes it through to the final.
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