The Portugal player was no challenge for Murray, who recorded a 6-0 6-2 win, and struggled to find answers to his opponent’s excellent court craft and strong defence.??The pair met at the Australian Open just last month, where Murray also eased to a straight sets victory.??
It took just 21 minutes for Murray to close out the first set 6-0, winning 80 per cent of his first serve points, smashing four aces and punishing Sousa’s serve with excellent returns.
The second set continued in much of the same fashion with Murray breaking Sousa’s serve and holding confidently. The 50th-ranked player finally got a game on the board in the third of the second set to save himself the embarrassment of a double bagel match.??
That small win appeared to give Sousa such much-needed confidence as he then managed to hold serve again by playing a less attacking brand of tennis.
But that didn’t last long as Murray set himself up for another break of serve with an excellent passing shot. The British No 1 was soon serving for the match, which he did in style, dropping just a point.
Murray will meet the winner of Marcos Baghdatis and Borna Coric, who play later today.