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Andy Murray expects tough challenge from Joao Sousa

By Staff Reporter

Nick Bollettieri likes what he is seeing from Andy Murray. The veteran American coach believes 2015 will be a year to remember for the Scot, who faces Portugal's Joao Sousa in the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne after his crushing 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory over home player Marinko Matosevic.

Bollettieri, who did not join the band of doubters when Murray (right) appointed Amelie Mauresmo as his coach last summer, believes the Scot was never at his best as he recovered from back surgery.

"His game is based on movement and balance," Bollettieri said. "He's much closer to the baseline now. You can't win from 10 feet back. The big question for me will be his second serve. Go for it. You might as well double-fault.

"He's attacking more and he's very good at the net. Nobody moves better than him. And all the propaganda about a lady coach, that's over. And I'm glad it's over because she's good."

Meanwhile, menstruation is back in the spotlight after former British tennis No 1 Annabel Croft said it was sport's "last taboo".

Croft was speaking after Heather Watson crashed out in the first round. During the match she had needed attention from a doctor and afterwards she said: "I think it's just one of these things that I have, girl things. It just happens."

Top sports doctor Dr Anita Biswas said: "In sport we talk about it. It's something we know can impact on someone's ability to perform at their best. It wouldn't make sense to address everything else - getting an athlete stronger, faster, eating the right things, thinking the right way - and not look at menstruation. It's part of the whole package."

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