Murray has easy starter before the main course!

Andy Murray eased nicely into his bid for the Australian Open and happy there had been no first round drama.

The Scot, ranked No 5 in the world, saw Karol Beck forced to retire in the third set with a shoulder injury with Murray leading 6-3, 6-1, 4-2.

It still proved a handy work out for Murray who said he was delighted at having suppressed the nerves and doubts which accompany an opening match at any grand slam event.

"Before a big tournament everyone always has slight doubts before the start, you are always a bit nervous," he said. "But I got a break early in the match which does help a lot."

Next up for the British No 1 Illya Marchenko, who beat Sheffield's Josh Goodall in three tie-break sets to give Ukraine a 1-0 lead in a Davis Cup tie in March 2009.

Marchenko was an impressive 6-3 6-4 6-1 winner against Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Murray admits he is an opponent he does not know much about.

Meanwhile, world No 1 Rafael Nadal also went through after his opponent pulled out through injury.

The Spaniard had won 11 games without reply against Marcos Daniel when the Brazilian succumbed to a knee injury.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic went through untroubled whilst seventh seed David Ferrer did drop a set when beating Jarkko Nieminen. Juan Martin Del Potro, out for a year with wrist injury, returned to action with a straight sets win.

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