Andy Murray made a solid start to his Australian Open campaign with a straight-sets win over India’s Yuki Bhambri in Melbourne.
The Briton, seeded sixth, won 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in two hours 12 minutes on Margaret Court Arena, bbcsports reports.
Murray, 27, had to recover from 4-1 down in the third set but controlled the tie-break to seal victory.
He will play Australia’s Marinko Matosevic in the second round on Wednesday.
Bhambri, 22, was the lowest-ranked player in the draw at 317 but managed to test Murray at times.
“I thought it was a good start,” the Scot told BBC Sport. “I thought he played well; he was very aggressive and he was right up on the baseline the whole match.
“That made it difficult because it didn’t give me much rhythm or a lot of time.
“But I thought I served very well the whole match – that was the most pleasing thing for me. Hopefully I’ll get a little bit better and a bit quicker after my serve and after my returns.”