No worries for Murray as Beck suffers injury

Andy Murray was relieved to have come through his opening match at the Australian Open yesterday with "no drama".

The world No 5 got the better of Karol Beck after the Slovakian was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury when 3-6 1-6 2-4 down and staring defeat in the face.

All in all, it was a good workout for Murray and he expressed his delight afterwards at having suppressed the nerves and doubts which accompany an opening match at a grand slam event.

He said: "Like I said before the tournament, everyone always has slight doubts before the start, you are always a bit nervous.

"But getting off to a good start, getting a break early in the match does help a lot, which I managed to do. It is nice to be through to the second round with no drama."

On paper, a meeting between fifth seed Murray and Beck, ranked 101 and with just one ATP Tour win to his name in 2010, looked a complete mis-match and so it proved. Beck had his moments but Murray's superior all-round game was decisive.

The top seeds continued their procession through the first round of the men's draw to make a mockery of the widely held belief that there is great depth in the men's game.

With Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic already through for the loss of just 10 games between them, there were more one-sided contests yesterday involving world No 1 Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling.

Nadal won 11 games without reply against Marcos Daniel before the Brazilian mercifully opted to succumb to a knee injury while Soderling was at least required to finish his match, beating Potito Starace 6-4 6-2 6-2.

Kim Clijsters crushed Dinara Safina 6-0 6-0 in the first round of the women's draw.

Safina's fall from grace has been spectacular. World No1 as recently as 15 months ago, Safina is now down at 75 following a dismal 2010.

Elena Baltacha admits the chances of beating former world No 1 Justine Henin in today's second round are "probably slim", but that will not prevent her from believing she can register the biggest win of her career.

"I've got to believe that I've got a chance, because otherwise there's no point playing," said Baltacha.

Fellow Briton Anne Keothavong faces 30th seed Andrea Petkovic from Germany.