1/19/13 4:47 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 3 Andy Murray is through to the fourth round after taking out Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis in straight sets. The Scot moves on to face 14th seed Gilles Simon, who defeated fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Third seed Andy Murray extended his bid for a maiden Australian Open title, having held on to oust Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis in straight sets. The 25-year-old tallied 13 aces and 24 winners through to a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 victory in two hours and 12 minutes.
After securing the opening set, Murray rallied from a 2-4 deficit in the second. The Scot, who led 2-1 in the third set, served for the match at 5-4. Murray was broken to 5-5 but immediately recovered to seal the third-round win.
"Every player wants to hit the ball well every day if they can. But the reality is it isn't always going to happen," said the world No. 3. "I'm aware I'll need to improve. But you also don't necessarily want to be playing your best tennis the first round of a Grand Slam or of any tournament. You want to try and improve as the matches go on.
"I'm sitting here happy that I'm through to the fourth round having not played my best tennis today. Hopefully I'll improve for the next one."
Murray completed the match with six of 13 break points converted.
He is scheduled to take on 14th seed Gilles Simon in the round of 16. Simon dismissed compatriot Gael Monfils in round three, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6, 8-6.
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