Andy Murray advances to the second round with a straight sets win over Yuki Bhambri
Andy Murray registered a straight sets win over Yuki Bhambri to advance to the second round at the Australian Open
Yuki Bhambri’s stay at the first Grand Slam of the year was shortlived as he suffered a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (3) defeat at the hands of No. 6 seed Andy Murray. Bhambri struggled to get his first serves in in the opening set. Murray capitalised as he broke the Indian’s serve twice, but Bhambri struck back after a couple of unforced errors from the Brit. It wasn’t enough as Bhambri committed 17 unforced errors to hand the set to Murray.
It was a much closer second set with Bhambri improving his first serve percentage to 68%. The World No. 314 did not convert his three break point opportunities, while Murray sealed the set with a solitary break of serve in the seventh game.
Bhambri led 3-1 in the third set, but a slew of unforced errors helped Murray get back into the set. Murray broke the Indian’s serve in the seventh game. Both players held their serve to send the set to a tie-break. The No. 6 seed dropped just three points to win the set and progress to the second round.