Andy Murray of Britain, left, is greeted at the net by Kevin Anderson of South Africa after winning their Men's singles first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday Jan. 18, 2010. Source: AP

Andy Murray of Britain, left, is greeted at the net by Kevin Anderson of South Africa after winning their Men's singles first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday Jan. 18, 2010. Source: AP

MELBOURNE: Andy Murray has easily won his first-round match at the Australian Open, beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.

The fifth-seeded Murray is attempting to become the British man to win a Grand Slam singles tournament since the 1930s.

The 22-year-old Scot swapped around his schedule ahead of the Australian Open this year, missing a chance to defend his title in Doha, Qatar so that he could play Hopman Cup and then rest and practice the week ahead of the Australian Open.

Murray will play the winner of the first-round match between France's Marc Gicquel and Simone Bolelli of Italy in the second round.