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Murray eases past Lopez

Salisbury Journal: Andy Murray won in straight sets (AP) Andy Murray won in straight sets (AP)

Andy Murray maintained his perfect record against Feliciano Lopez to reach the second week of the Australian Open without dropping a set.

The fourth seed had beaten Lopez in all seven of their previous meetings but this was seen as the first real test of Murray's form following back surgery.

It was a test he passed with flying colours, playing a superb tie-break at the end of a tight first set and then pulling away to win 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 6-2.

And Murray will be a hot favourite to reach the quarter-finals given he next meets 119th-ranked lucky loser Stephane Robert.

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