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Result: Andy Murray eases past Alexander Zverev at Australian Open

Second seed Andy Murray beats Alexander Zverev in straight sets to reach the second round of the Australian Open.

Andy Murray has earned a place in the second round of the Australian Open with a comfortable win over Alexander Zverev.

Andy Murray sticks a thumb up on day two of the Australian Open on January 19, 2016© Getty Images

The second seed - a four-time finalist in Melbourne - required two hours and seven minutes to register a 6-1 6-2 6-3 victoryagainst the German teenager.

Zverev arguably deserved more than the six games that he claimed against the British number one, with six break points being squandered on the Margaret Court Arena, but Murray looked impressive in what was his first ATP Tour match of the year.

Alexander Zverev in action on day two of the Australian Open on January 19, 2016© Getty Images

He benefited from 43 unforced errors from his opponent but he will be pleased with a performance that included six breaks of serve and just eight points being dropped behind his own delivery.

On Thursday, Murray will face Australia's Sam Groth in the last 64.

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Andy Murray of Great Britain hits a backhand during the men's singles match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day six of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 20, 2015 in London, England.
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