Andy Murray has defeated Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the third round of the Australian Open 2013. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. With this victory, Murray has cruised into the final 16.
In his previous couple of matches, Murray didn’t have to work hard for victory, but, in this match, he was given a tough fight by 5 feet 8 inch Lithuanian. In the opening set, Murray dominated, but, in the next couple of sets, he really had to toil hard for each and every point.
Murray made a great start to the match. He broke Berankis’ service in the second game of the first set was off to a lead of 3-0. Both the players held their service in the next five games and at the end of the eighth game; the score was 5-3 in the favour of Murray. Murray got another break chance in the 9th game and he cashed on that to grab the opening set.
But, in the second set, Murray wasn’t able to start in the same way. In the first five games, there were no breakthroughs and at the end of the fifth game, Berankis was ahead by 3-2. Berankis got a couple of breakpoints in the sixth game.
Although, he wasted the first one but, on the second one, he was bang on. He broke Murray’s service for the first time in the match and took a lead of 4-2. But, all of a sudden, he lost his concentration. He dropped his serve twice consecutively.
Murray won the next four games and sealed the second set by 6-4.
After winning the first couple of sets, Murray’s confidence was high and he made a fine start in the third set. He broke Berankis’ service in the third game and then, made the score 3-1 by serving out the next game. Although, Berankis managed to level the scores with a serve break in the 10th game but, that didn’t make any difference. Murray got another breakthrough in the 11th game and then, secured his win with a serve hold in the next game.
In the fourth round, Murray will take on Gilles Simon of France.