Tennis-Murray overcomes blip to brush aside Millot

MELBOURNE Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:03pm GMT

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MELBOURNE Jan 16 (Reuters) - Andy Murray dug himself out of a hole with an inspired passage of play to fend off French qualifier Vincent Millot 6-2 6-2 7-5 and cruise into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Two sets up and at 1-1 in the third, Wimbledon champion Murray suffered a huge lapse, allowing the 267th-ranked Frenchman to charge out to a 5-1 lead under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.

Briton Murray simply flicked a switch and won 23 consecutive points in a blistering finish to seal the match with a big serve.

The fourth seeded Scot will play Feliciano Lopez for a place in the fourth round. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Justin Palmer)

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