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Murray happy to finish after 'very hard' conditions

ESPN staff
January 16, 2014
Andy Murray just wanted to get off court during his straight sets victory over Vincent Millot © Getty Images

Andy Murray admitted he was "glad to get off" following his straight sets second round win over Vincent Millot at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Murray took the first two sets with ease against the Frenchman, but faced a 5-1 deficit and set point in the third set. Having saved the set, Murray went on to win 23 consecutive points to seal a 6-2 6-2 7-5 victory.

However, following a win which now sees him face Feliciano Lopez in the third round at Melbourne Park, Murray revealed he was just happy to finish the match in what were "very, very hard conditions."

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"I just wanted to win the game. It was obviously fairly late. The way that set had gone, I just wanted to try to get through that game," Murray said.

"I didn't really care about winning 23 points in a row. I wanted to win the match. I'm glad I finished it there, because they were very, very hard conditions. Even in the evening it was so humid. After they closed the roof they obviously had the rain and the thunderstorms.

"It changed the way the court and the balls played a lot. It was heavier. I hit a lot of balls in the net today. It slowed everything down a bit. I just was glad to get off.

"I was up 6-2 6-2. Then out of nowhere he started playing unbelievable. Sometimes you need to remind yourself that it's going to be hard for him to keep that up. It's low percentage tennis.

"He hasn't done it for a long period before, so that's what I was trying to remind myself when I was 5-1 down. If I can just hang in and weather the storm a little bit, I might be able to come back. I needed to raise my intensity a little bit. I didn't really respond as quick as I would have liked to him playing that well."

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