Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Andy Murray Set for Round 2 of the Australian Open

Britain's number 1 tennis player, Andy Murray is scheduled to face Marc Gicquel in the second round of the Australian Open tomorrow morning, not before 8am GMT.

Having cruised past Kevin Anderson in round 1, 6-1 6-1 6-2, Murray shouldn't have too many difficulties in seeing off his French opponent tomorrow. Gicquel did make a surprise run to the quarter finals here 2 years ago but hasn't produced a similar performance in any Grand Slam since.

Andy Murray will be looking for another straights set victory to march him into round 3. Currently on course to face Rafael Nadal as early as the quarter finals, with the winner expected to meet Andy Roddick in the semi final; it's a difficult road to success in Melbourne.

The world number 4 was eliminated here in round 4 by Fernando Verdasco here last year. This is the only major he hasn't made it past round 4 in and has a good chance of achieving that this year. There's no way Marc Gicquel will eliminate a fully fit Murray tomorrow (feel free to quote me on that).

Andy Murray has a narrow lead over Juan Martin Del Potro in the ATP World Rankings, restored to number 4 at the beginning of this week. Del Potro made the quarter finals here last year and is already struggling with a wrist injury in Australia. With Marin Cilic and Andy Roddick en route to the semi finals for the US Open winner, a quarter final appearance for Murray should be enough to maintain his current world ranking.

Britain's number 1 female, Elena Baltacha faces 30th seed Kateryna Bondarenko in round 2 tomorrow, while Katie O'Brien has the daunting task of facing former world number 1 Jelena Jankovic. Baltacha defeated older sister, Alona Bondarenko in the first round of Wimbledon last year. By causing an upset against Kateryna tomorrow would see her equal her best performance here, having made the 3rd round back in 2005. This is only the second time in her career that Katie O'Brien has made it past the 1st round of any Grand Slam, having made the 2nd round of Wimbledon back in 2007. O'Brien defeated Patricia Mayr 6-3 6-3 earlier today.

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