It’s the early stages of the 2013 campaign but already Andy Murray is showing he is going to be a major threat in the big competitions this year.
The Scotsman has so far been handling the heat at the Australian Open and made light work of the Portuguese Joao Sousa to book his place in the third round of the Grand Slam competition.
Murray produced a ruthless display on Thursday to beat the world number 100 ranked player 6-2 6-2 6-4 in Melbourne and set up a third round encounter with Ricardas Berankis.
The temperatures have been soaring Down Under but so far the 25-year British number one has been producing some impressive tennis and issuing a warning sign to fellow Aussie Open contenders Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as well as a message to tennis betting
Murray was pleased with his display against Sousa, as his preparations in Miami and at the Brisbane International have appeared to have paid off for the US Open champion.
He said: "It doesn't matter how much training you do, it's tough in these conditions.
"It's extremely hot, especially when the sun comes through the clouds. It's good to get it done in three sets.
"You need to get in control of the points and dictate them because otherwise you will get very tired very quickly."
The quicker Murray can get through these early stages of the Australian Open
the better, as he will need to be at his best when sterner test come round the corner and guaranteed they will.
All the Scot can do for now is avoid slip ups in the coming matches and hope he can get to the quarter-finals and beyond with plenty energy left in the tank.