Rattled Andy Murray gets the job done against Bhambri
Andy Murray had mixed feelings about his performance after securing his place in the second round of the Australian Open.
Murray defeated world number 317 Yuki Bhambri in straight sets on Margaret Court Arena, but was made to work hard to claim a 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7/3) victory in two hours and 13 minutes.
The 27-year-old had to come back from 4-1 down in the third set and kept up a running commentary on his own failings, loudly decrying his "shocking movement" at one point.
However, Murray gave credit to his opponent for causing him problems and was happy with how he served, particularly in winning 79 per cent of points behind his sometimes vulnerable second serve.
"I think in some sense when you're playing you tend to say things that you don't really mean," said Murray, who will face Marinko Matosevic in the second round.
"That's just how the brain works. I've learned a lot about that over the last couple of years.
"I do feel like he made me feel that way because of the way he was playing. He was rushing me. My movement after the return or after the serve, I was a little bit slow there. Once I got into the rallies I was moving good.
"The whole match he made it very difficult. He played very aggressive, he is very talented and he made it tough."
Rafael Nadal defeated veteran Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-2 6-2, while Roger Federer also won in straight sets in beating Yen-Hsun Lu.
Seeking his 18th grand slam title and first in Melbourne since 2010, Federer was in complete command against the world number 47, winning 6-4 6-2 7-5 in one hour and 53 minutes.
In the women's event, fifth seed Ana Ivanovic admitted she was in need of a new approach after becoming the biggest casualty on day one.
Ivanovic looked to be in charge of her match with Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka on Rod Laver Arena when she took the first set 6-1, but won just five more games in a 6-1 3-6 2-6 defeat.
Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard safely advanced to the second round, but ninth seed Angelique Kerber was one of eight seeds to make an early exit from the bottom half of the draw.
Ivanovic said: "I think the whole match I didn't really feel like myself out there.
"It's probably the worst thing could happen, but still, the year is young and I really have to now sit and work on a few things and just maybe try to have a different approach to this kind of event and try to see what was lacking out there."