Murray beats Sousa, Tomic and Cilic also advance in Melbourne

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Andy Murray, Bernard Tomic and Marin Cilic eliminated their second round challengers at Australian Open 2013.

A routine job for a two-time Australian Open finalist Murray in the second round against Portugal player Joao Sousa who was given absolutely no chances by his eminent opponent. The third seed Scotsman obtained a two break lead and a 5-1 advantage in both of the first two sets – he wrapped them both up in a style with a game to love. He then broke Sousa in the opening game of the third set and served out the match after one hour and forty-two minutes of play to grab a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

In the clash between unseeded players local hero Tomic pulled off a comeback against Daniel Brands of Germany. No break point opportunities in the opening set with the German running out a winner of a tight thirteenth game. The first and the only break of the match came late in the second set, allowing Tomic to get back on level terms. The players have been canceling each other out in the third set too and the Australian grabbed another tie-break to get his nose in front. The fourth set was hardly any different – the spectators witnessed a new breaker in which Tomic succeeded to convert his eight match ball and Brands was out of the tournament. The result: 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8).

Twelfth-seeded Cilic faced American Rajeev Ram and progressed easily enough. The Croat, who played in Australian Open semis in 2010, held all of his serves confidently, while breaking Ram four times in three sets. That was enough to book his third round ticket with a smooth 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 triumph.

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