Jurgen Melzer overcame a shaky start to edge past Japanese young gun Kei Nishikori 7-5 6-2 6-1 in sweltering conditions on Court 6 this afternoon.
Melzer served five aces to Nishikori’s three
Melzer won 103 points, while Nishikori won just 68
Melzer hit 35 winners compared to Nishikori’s 15, and the Austrian converted on seven of 11 break point chances
Andy Murray has spent all of 45 minutes on court in his first round match at Australian Open 2009, with opponent Andrei Pavel retiring with a back injury when Murray held a 6-2 3-1 lead.
Pavel committed 17 unforced errors to Murray’s 11
Murray hit 13 winners
Pavel failed to convert his two break point opportunities
Murray landed 20 of his 31 first serves
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