WIMBLEDON champion Jonny Marray is through to the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The 32-year-old from Sheffield, who won at SW19 alongside Freddie Nielsen last year, has teamed up with Brazilian Andre Sa for this tournament and the pair edged out Lukas Lacko and Igor Zelenay in their opener.
The Slovakian duo claimed the opening set but 16th seeds Marray and Sa hit back to win 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7/5).
Marray and Sa now take on Dutch pair Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling, with the match scheduled to take place in the early hours of Saturday morning British time.
Britain’s number one Andy Murray disposed of Joao Sousa in clinical fashion to ease into the third round of the Australian Open.
The Portuguese was brushed aside 6-2 6-2 6-4 as the world number three advanced to a last-32 meeting with Ricardas Berankis.
Importantly, on the hottest day of the tournament so far - temperatures moved beyond 100F in Melbourne - Murray got the job done in just an hour and 41 minutes, conserving energy for what he hopes will be a concerted push for a second successive grand slam crown following his maiden major win at the US Open.
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