Australian Open 2015: Andy Murray to face Marinko Matosevic

By Piers NewberyBBC Sport at Melbourne Park
Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo
Amelie Mauresmo is leading a slimmed-down Murray coaching team after Dani Vallverdu and Jez Green left at the end of last season
Second round: Andy Murray v Marinko Matosevic
Date: Wednesday 21 January Time: Approximately 02:00 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Britain's Andy Murray will face a reformed Marinko Matosevic when the pair meet in round two of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Murray takes on the Australian in the second match of the day on Margaret Court Arena at around 02:00 GMT.

Matosevic, ranked 81st, was nicknamed 'Mad Dog' for a while due to his on-court outbursts and erratic behaviour.

Murray is a supporter of the 29-year-old, however, saying: "I know Marinko very well; I get on well with him."

The two men have practised together regularly and although Murray has won all three of their competitive contests, the last of which came in Perth earlier this month, the Briton will not underestimate him.

Marinko Matosevic celebrates beating Alexander Kurdyatsev
Matosevic won his first match in five attempts at the Australian Open by overcoming Russian Alexander Kurdyatsev in the first round

Murray's serve was impressive during his first-round win over India's Yuki Bhambri on Monday and he will be looking to repeat that performance against Matosevic.

"I need to continue serving well," said the Scot.

"That helps against whoever you're playing against. When you play against a big guy who likes to go for his shots, if you can keep good weight and depth behind your shots, that can frustrate them.

"I'll try and use some variety to throw his timing off a little bit and just continue doing what I've been doing the last few weeks.

"I've been playing very well in practice and striking the ball cleanly in the matches. If I keep that up, I'll keep getting better each round."

Selected other matches on Wednesday
Rod Laver ArenaMargaret Court ArenaElsewhere
Sharapova (2) v PanovaBouchard (7) v BertensBerdych (7) v Melzer
Federer (2) v BolelliKohlschreiber (22) v TomicKarlovic (23) v Kyrgios
Nadal (3) v SmyczekMurray & Peers (16) v Gonzalez & Monaco
Full order of play

Matosevic once famously kicked over Rafael Nadal's water bottles in a doomed attempt to unsettle the Spaniard, but he claims those days are well behind him.

"I guess I'm maturing in my old age," he said. "I'm definitely a late bloomer. I guess mentally wise, a late bloomer in that department as well."

The Australian, who lost his first 12 Grand Slam matches before finally breaking his duck at the French Open last year and rolling around in the clay in celebration, is well aware of the task ahead of him on Wednesday.

"He's one of the best players in the world," said Matosevic.

"He's unbelievable physically. His skill level is probably second only to Roger [Federer]. He's one of the most skilful players."

June 2013: Andy Murray beats Marinko Matosevic at Queen's