Murray happy to shoot the breeze away from blustery Rod Laver showcourt
Andy Murray would be happy to have all his matches at the Australian Open scheduled for Hisense Arena – especially if the blustery conditions in Melbourne continue.
The cool temperatures of the weekend have been replaced with searing heat and a stiff breeze over the last couple of days.
Shooting the breeze: Andy Murray is happy to play away from the gusty Rod Laver showcourt
Fortunately for Murray, the Hisense Arena – the second showcourt at Melbourne Park – is largely sheltered from the wind, and the Scot profited by winning his opening-round match against Ryan Harrison in four sets.
Hisense has come in for criticism due to its detached nature from the rest of the courts and sometimes tepid atmosphere, but Murray remains a fan.
He said: 'It's a nice court to play on because there's not much wind.
'On the outside courts it's been so windy, and on Rod Laver Arena it's normally, from the far side, when you walk onto the court, a pretty stiff breeze you're playing into.
'But on Hisense you don't really get that. It's a pretty calm court.'
On the ball: Murray was tested in first round by American Ryan Harrison but eventually toiled through
After weathering an early storm from American teenager Harrison, the only obstacle for Murray seemed to be his footing as he regularly complained about his shoes.
'The court is incredibly sticky when it's that warm,' he added.
'My foot got caught on the court a couple of times but I've had that a few times especially when it's been really warm.'
The victory over Harrison, which saw Murray prevail 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in three hours 12 minutes, was a good test of the world No 4's fitness after his usual off-season preparation in Miami.
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And he came through with flying colours.
'Obviously training in hot temperatures helps because you are used to it,' he said.
'But for the past couple of weeks it has been very different.
'It was good to get used to playing in the heat again because I might have to do it a bit more further down the line.'
His endurance levels could be tested again on Thursday morning in his second-round clash against Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who benefited from opponent Xavier Malisse retiring with an arm injury after just a set and 64 minutes of their clash on court 21.
Next up: World No 4 Murray faces a French test in Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Roger-Vasselin, whose father Christophe reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 1983, said: 'It was good to win the first set. If I had lost it I don't think he would have stopped.
'When he called for the trainer at 4-1 that was a good sign for me, but I had to stay focused. I was ready to play another two or three hours.
'I am disappointed for him but I'll be honest, I am just happy to be in the second round for the first time here.'