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Andy Murray marches on at Australian Open

The Briton books his place in the next round of the Australian Open, after his opponent Karol Beck retires during the third set 6-3, 6-1, 4-2 down.

Andy Murray returns the ball during his comfortable first-round victory after his opponent Karol Beck retired.
Andy Murray returns the ball during his comfortable first-round victory after his opponent Karol Beck retired.

MELBOURNE // Andy Murray booked his place in the second-round of the Australian Open when Slovakian Karol Beck retired hurt with the Briton leading 6-3, 6-1, 4-2.

Murray, runner-up last year in Melbourne, got to take an early shower after Beck was forced to concede the match because of a sore shoulder in a tie that was definitely not one for the purists.

Beck, who served a two-year doping suspension from late 2005-07, was lacklustre before trudging off early, committing 43 unforced errors, many of them howlers.

He spent much of the match growling at himself angrily while the fifth-seed Murray, who lost to Roger Federer in last year's final, rarely needed to rise above the ordinary.

Also advancing to the second-round after play on day two of the tournament were the women's French Open finalist Sam Stosur. The fifth-seeded Australian beat the US wild-card entry Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1.

The No 12 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who took six of the last seven games after a medical timeout in the third set to hold off Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. No 7 seed Jelena Jankovic also qualifies with No 25 seed Petra Kvitova and China's Peng Shuai.

On the men's side, No 15 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia beat the US qualifier Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to advance along with Mikhail Youzhny, Jurgan Melzer, Feliciano Lopez and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.