Andy Murray: "Hopefully it'll get better"

Great Britain's Andy Murray in action in the second round against Joao Sousa on January 17, 2013
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British number one Andy Murray admits that he was "struggling" at times during his 6-3 6-4 7-5 win over rank-outsider Ricardas Berankis in round three of the Australian Open.

Andy Murray has insisted that he must improve if he hopes to progress much further in this year's Australian Open.

Murray overcame world number 110 Ricardas Berankis 6-3 6-4 7-5 on Saturday, but the Scot was far from impressed with his own performance.

"We know each other's games pretty well, we practise a lot together," said Murray. "He hits the ball very flat and these courts were playing quick.

"I was struggling. He was making me feel pretty uncomfortable on the court with his style. I need to strike the ball better.

"My timing was off and I was leaving a lot of balls very short and allowing him to dictate some of the points. But hopefully it'll get better in the next round."

Murray made 24 winners and produced 27 unforced errors during his win over Berankis.

Britain's Andy Murray returns a shot during his first round clash with Robin Haase at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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