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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