Murray eases into third round with straight sets win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray stormed into the third round of the Australian Open with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory over France's Marc Gicquel Wednesday.

It was the second straight-sets win in a row for the in-form Briton, who is looming as a genuine contender to win the first grand slam of the year after a mixed display that featured some spectacular shots but also some sloppy errors.

The result seemed a foregone conclusion after the fifth seed made a brilliant start, winning the opening five games with a series of crisp winners.

He broke the Frenchman's serve early in both the second and third sets and despite some lapses of concentration that opened the door for his 57th-ranked opponent, the Scot was able to wrap up a comfortable victory.

(Editing by John O'Brien)