Second seed Andy Murray survived a second set wobble but came through his third round match at the Australian Open against Joao Sousa relatively unscathed.
After spending two hours and 40 minutes on court, the Scot recorded 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Portuguese player and will take on the winner of the match between Aussie pair Bernard Tomic and John Millman for a spot in the quarter-finals.
The first five games of the opener went with serve before the four-time runner-up in Melbourne rattled off the next four games to claim the opener.
The second set, though, was a completely different affair, as Sousa claimed his first break in the opening game. Try as he may, Murray was unable to make much of an impression on the baseline play of his 33rd-ranked opponent, and in the ninth game the world number two lost his serve for a second time.
Murray appeared to have a spring in his step once more in the third set, and got his nose in front by breaking serve in the opening game. Another break of serve followed in the fifth game and last year’s losing finalist made no mistake in serving out the set.
The fourth set followed much the same pattern as the first, with the first couple of games on serve before Murray broke in consecutive games to finally take the proverbial wind out of his opponent’s sails for good.
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