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Andy Murray sizzles in Perth

Andy Murray sizzles in Perth
Andy Murray continued his strong build-up in his quest for a maiden Australian Open title with a comfortable victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire in the Hopman Cup mixed-team event in Perth on Monday. Fresh from his first title of 2015 in Abu Dhabi, the Scot, representing Britain at the event alongside Heather Watson, defeated Paire 6-2, 7-5 in the evening match.

The 27-year-old arrived in sweltering Perth on Sunday after a walkover against an ailing Novak Djokovic in the Abu Dhabi final but showed no signs of rust despite the stark difference in conditions. “It was a bit of an eye-opener when we arrived at the practice court this morning and it was 44 degrees (Celsius) outside. I’m from a small town in Scotland and the weather is not quite like that there. The conditions here are fantastic to get ready for Melbourne,’ Murray, who also beat Rafa Nadal and Feliciano Lopez in Abu Dhabi, said with a grin in a courtside interview.

After breezing through the first set, the world number six was put under pressure in the second and had to fight hard to clinch a victory.
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