Melbourne - Three-time runner-up Andy Murray swept into the second round of the
Australian Open with an easy straight sets win over Japan's Go Soeda on
The British fourth seed won 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour 27 minutes as he works his way to full match fitness after back surgery.
said his back felt fully recovered, but added that the long lay-off
meant the rest of his body was not yet at the level he would like.
Scot had surgery in September, missing the rest of last season, and his
preparations for Melbourne, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in last
year's final, have not been good.
The world number four crashed
out in the second round of the Qatar Open to German Florian Mayer, the
world number 38, and then went down to veteran Australian Lleyton Hewitt
in an exhibition match last Friday.
Last year Murray became the first British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy since Fred Perry in 1936.
was never in any trouble against the 112th-ranked Soeda, breaking the
Japanese service seven times and not having a break point against his
The Scot hit 32 winners and only 13 unforced errors to
have Soeda under pressure on Hisense Arena, rattling through the first
two sets in just 49 minutes.
He has a qualifier next up, either Frenchman Vincent Millot or American Wayne Odesnik.