Andy Murray overcomes Yuki Bhambri in first round

Despite being below his best, Andy Murray was largely untroubled on his way to the Australian Open second round.

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Andy Murray still has room for improvement despite his straight-sets win over Yuki Bhambri in the Australian Open first round on Monday.

The British sixth seed endured a few sloppy moments, but he was good enough to claim a 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win in two hours 13 minutes.

Bhambri, the Indian qualifier and junior champion in Melbourne in 2009, showed some good signs but was eventually outclassed.

With 40 winners and 29 unforced errors, Murray's numbers looked solid " while Bhambri hit 48 unforced errors for the match.

Murray was on top from the outset and broke in the fourth game as Bhambri struggled to find his rhythm.

The Brit's mistakes proved costly in the seventh game, and hitting a backhand volley into the net saw him hand the break back.

Murray did look in control and capitalised to take a 5-3 lead, seeing Bhambri hit a backhand long on break point.

As he tried to attack Murray, Bhambri made mistakes - and his 17 unforced errors summed up his first set.

While Murray was pushed deep early in the second set, he still looked the more likely to break serve.

And the break came in the seventh game, the two-time grand slam winner targeting Bhambri's backhand before the error came off the forehand wing.

Murray was below his best, but that was good enough to get through the second set.

Bhambri got a bit of luck to break for a 3-1 lead in the third, his slice volley from mid-court finding a dead net cord and leaving Murray helpless.

The break went begging in the seventh game, Murray's forehand cross-court pass drawing him back.

Murray was forced into a tie-break but from the moment Bhambri double-faulted on the first point, he was in control.

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