Andy Murray wasted little time in booking his spot in the second round of the Australian Open with a comfortable win over Robin Haase on Tuesday.
The third seed, who won his first major title at the US Open in September, was barely troubled as he breezed past the Dutchman 6-3 6-1 6-3 in a one-sided contest on Rod Laver Arena.
Haase started brightly by holding his opening serve to love before Murray stepped up a gear to race to a 4-1 lead in the first set.
In warm conditions, Murray was forced to save five break points in the next game, although Haase, ranked 53 in the world, did break two games later to get to 5-3.
But the 25-year-old Scotsman lifted again, breaking back immediately to clinch the first set in 41 minutes.
Murray continued his momentum in the second set, breaking twice more as Haase's challenge faded.
The world number three, runner-up at Melbourne Park in 2010 and 2011, made a blistering start to the third set to move 4-1 up. And despite a poor service game which Haase took full advantage of, Murray hit back to complete an impressive victory.
Murray will take on Portugal's Joao Sousa in round two after he defeated Australian John-Patrick Smith 6-4 6-1 6-4.
Italian 21st seed Andreas Seppi advanced to the second round for just the third time in his career with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over Argentine Horacis Zeballos, while Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin fought back from a set down to oust Dutchman Igor Sijsling.
Slovenian Blaz Kavcic provided an early upset on Tuesday by knocking out 29th seed Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets.
The 93rd-ranked Kavcic, hit just one unforced error for the match in beating the Brazilian 6-3 6-1 6-3 in exactly two hours on court.