Murray hands out masterclass to reach third round

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[January 18, 2017]    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray looked every bit the world number one as he gave a Russian teenager Andrey Rublev a lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-0 6-2 win on Wednesday.

Britain's Andy Murray hits a shot during his Men's singles second round match against Russia's Andrey Rublev. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The Briton was troubled only briefly by a rolled ankle after taking a nasty tumble in the third set on Rod Laver Arena and raced on to a meeting with American Sam Querrey in one hour, 37 minutes.

Five-times a losing finalist at Melbourne Park, Murray had labored through his opening round victory over Illya Marchenko in the full heat of the opening day of the tournament.

Wednesday's performance was of a far higher caliber and he delighted the crowd by sending Rublev chasing around the court with a series of deft shots to set up match point, which he converted when the qualifier went long.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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