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'I wasn't trying to prove a point' - Andy Murray

Nothing for Andy Murray to prove to Marinko Matosevic, the Brit said.

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Andy Murray insists his thrashing of Marinko Matosevic at the Australian Open on Wednesday had nothing to do with wanting to prove a point.

The British sixth seed cruised to a 6-1 6-3 6-2 over Matosevic in their second-round clash on Margaret Court Arena.

The focus in the lead-up was on Matosevic's criticism of Murray last year for appointing a female coach " Amelie Mauresmo.

But Murray said his convincing win had nothing to do with that, with his focus simply on getting through to the third round.

"I get on well with Marinko. I spoke to him a little bit about what he said. He didn't mean any harm," he told a media conference.

"Everyone's entitled to their opinion on anything. If he wants to get coached by a man, that's absolutely fine. I have absolutely no issue with it at all.

"I still think he's a good guy. I get on well with him. I wasn't trying to prove a point at all when I was playing Marinko today. I was trying to win the match."

Matosevic produced an error-riddled display, with his 49 unforced errors far too many against Murray.

Murray said his performance had improved on the first round, and he was particularly happy with his start.

"I definitely started quite quickly today," he said.

"I was timing the ball well on the return and serving well from the beginning of the match, and it helped a lot because, you know, obviously the crowd were behind him.

"You know, managed to take the crowd out of it a little bit by starting that quickly."

Murray added: "He [Matosevic] did start off a bit slow. He made a few errors at the beginning of the match.

"But, you know, when I noticed his timing was a bit off I felt like I played quite smart and used a lot of variety; didn't give him the same ball twice in a row."

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