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Andy Murray admitted he enjoyed his straight-sets third-round win over Michael Llodra as the British number one continues to improve at the Australian Open.

The world number four comfortably made it through to the last 16 with a 6-4 6-2 6-0 victory at the Hisense Arena and he looks in good shape as he bids to finally end his Grand Slam duck in Melbourne this year.

Murray will now take on the relatively-unknown Mikhail Kukushkin in the fourth round, who produced one of the shocks of the tournament so far when beating 14th seed Gael Monfils in five sets, but he should still have enough to see off his opponent and progress through to the quarter-final stage. Anyone looking at the quarter-final Australian Open betting will be wondering if his form is good enough to take him all the way.

Llodra did ask questions of Murray in the first set before the 24-year-old assumed control in the second and third and the victor admitted afterwards he had enjoyed his battle with the serve-volley specialist.

"Every point seemed to be a fun point," said Murray afterwards. "He was coming up with some unbelievable gets on the volleys and I was managing to dig up a lot at the net."

The British star seems to be benefiting from working with Ivan Lendl so far in 2012 although he admitted his new coach may have preferred a more straight-forward victory over Llodra than it proved at times in what was an entertaining clash.

"Ivan Lendl would have preferred a few more bread and butter points, serve and forehand finish, but that was my style of tennis tonight," he added.
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