Andy Murray predicts tough Ricardas Berankis test

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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Andy Murray praises Ricardas Berankis ahead of his Australian Open third-round match against the Lithuanian.

Andy Murray has admitted that his third round tie with Ricardas Berankis at the Australian Open will not be easy.

The Lithuanian, 22, who came through three qualifying rounds to reach the main draw of the Melbourne event, beat 25th seed Florian Meyer in the second round.

"I practised with him before the Australian Open last year, before he started qualifying, and again in Brisbane [a few weeks ago]," said Murray.

"He works hard, he's a really nice guy and it's nice to see him do well because we spent quite a bit of time practising together.

"He is a very hard worker, he has had a couple of injuries over the last couple of years and it will be tough."

Berankis is currently ranked 110th in the ATP rankings.

Frenchman Gael Monfils celebrates winning a point in his first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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