Belfast Telegraph

Monday 26 January 2015

Japan Open: Andy Murray storms past Lukas Lacko

Andy Murray of Britain celebrates his second round win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia at the Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Andy Murray dropped only three games as he brushed aside Lukas Lacko in less than an hour in the second round of the Japan Open.

The British number one, top seed for the tournament in Tokyo, built on his opening straight-sets win over Ivo Karlovic yesterday with another convincing performance.

Murray had spoken to this morning's Independent about the improvement in his general play and mindset since winning his first grand slam at this summer's US Open, his last tournament prior to this week.

He said: "Because winning a slam was so important to me I felt sometimes that I was focusing on the next slam rather than on every tournament and every match.

"Now I feel I can hopefully concentrate better throughout the year and not take my eye off the ball at any tournaments."

That was in evidence as he broke to love in each of Lacko's first two service games to race into a 5-0 lead in less than 20 minutes.

The Slovakian staved off a love set at the last opportunity and made Murray work hard to serve out the set, but the Scot came through 6-1 in 25 minutes.

Another break in the third game of the second set put him further in control and one more was to follow, Murray taking all four of his break points as he wrapped up a 6-1 6-2 win.

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