Second serve is better than it was, although he still plays too safe with it - hopefully Mr Lendl can cure this as he has done with the forehand, which is just a much better shot than it used to be. More oomph and more reliable at the same time.
Other than the 2nd serve, I found myself unable to think of anything else Andy could improve in the coming matches.
The 2nd serve is a massive liability though, and it's the one thing his upcoming opponents will be focusing on.
Forget modesty, Joao Sousa will be rolled over.
Upping his average 1st serve speed by an extra 10mph+ would help, not to mention his 2nd serve but for a first round it was good. 77% 1st serves is excellent but he hit under 100mph on average. His percentage was really good during Brisbane so I wonder if this is something he'll continue with.
I was having a go at Andy last season for often trying too much with the first serve so I am happy with this, perhaps he is working on changing his second serve technique and is trying to protect that for now? Maybe a planned change over winter didn't go to plan. Retrospective Murray's forehand was great, backhand strong and movement excellant. Just the volleys needed a tad improvement. I am confident.
That was exactly the kind of match I wanted to see with these conditions. Next round could get interesting going by how Berankis was playing today, so it's good he got this done without too much effort.