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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Murray cut to dismiss teen after Marchenko win

Brit should have few problems

Andy Murray during the first round
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The 1-33 about Andy Murray progressing to the last 32 with a victory over his young rival Andrey Rublev was cut on Monday and the world number one is now just 1-80 to add to his opening 7-5 7-6 6-2 win over Illya Marchenko.

Murray should have few problems dismissing Russian starlet Rublev, who turned 19 in October.

But the fact that qualifier Rublev, the son of a professional boxer, has been regarded in recent years as one of the best young players in world tennis means the Scot should pay his opponent plenty of respect.

Rublev, who ousted Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-3 in the round of 128, is 25-1 to upset the odds against Murray, while the dual Wimbledon champion and Olympic gold medallist is 1-3 to oblige in straight sets.

Murray said: “I know a bit about Rublev. I’ve never hit with him or played him, but I’ve seen Andrey play and he goes for it. He doesn’t hold back. He hits a big ball.”

British number one Johanna Konta, who opens her Melbourne title tilt against Kirsten Flipkens, was quoted at 10-3 by Betway to go further in the first Grand Slam of the season than Murray.

Novak Djokovic is 13-8 favourite before his Victoria opener against Fernando Verdasco, while Murray is 9-5 to finally get his hands on the Australian Open trophy.

The fact that qualifier Rublev, the son of a professional boxer, has been regarded in recent years as one of the best young players in world tennis means the Scot should pay his opponent plenty of respect
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