Andy Murray gave evidence that he could yet be a contender for the title with an impressive third-round win over 26th seed Feliciano Lopez at the Australian Open. The Briton, playing only his second tournament since having a back operation, won 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 on Hisense Arena to reach the last 16.
Murray, 26, will go into that match as a heavy favourite but has played down his chances of winning a third Grand Slam title next Sunday so early in his return from surgery. "I've recovered well after the matches," he said. "From time to time there's a bit of stiffness and soreness, but for the most part it's been good. You normally are going to get some stiffness in an area where you've had surgery. It takes a bit of time for that to go away."
Serena Williams went out of the Australian Open as a back injury hindered the five-time champion against a rampant Ana Ivanovic.
The Serb came back from a set down to win 4-6 6-3 6-3 - her first ever victory over Williams in five attempts. There had been reports before the match that Williams had a back problem, and so it proved. Williams revealed that she did not know the exact nature of her injury but had been dealing with it for "a few days". She added: "It's not anything that's life threatening or anything. I feel like it will get better. I just need a couple days off. "Unfortunately I don't have that in a Grand Slam."