Andy Murray makes Australian Open progress
Andy Murray eased through to the Australian Open second round after his opponent Karol Beck retired injured.
The Scot was leading 6-3 6-1 4-2 when the unseeded Beck withdrew from the match with a shoulder injury. Fifth seed Murray had been in control throughout the contest and only faced three break points against the Slovak, saving them all in what was to be the final set. Last season’s beaten finalist will meet Illya Marchenko in the second round after the Ukrainian saw off the challenge of Spain’s Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.
Commenting after the match on Beck’s retirement, Murray said: "I don't know exactly when he hurt his shoulder but his serve definitely slowed down towards the end of the second set. Until he hurt himself I felt it was a good match.” He also added that he wouldn’t be planning too far into the future, saying: “I'm not going to get ahead of myself, I'll just focus on one match at a time as the depth of men's draw is so strong."