Andy Murray looked every inch a grand slam champion with a near-flawless display to brush aside the challenge of Robin Haase at the Australian Open.

The world number three claimed beforehand he was stepping into the unknown as he set out to win one of the game's four biggest prizes as a major winner for the first time following his success at the US Open in September.

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But the early impressions were that he was quite comfortable with his newly-elevated status as he proved too good for dangerous Dutchman Haase, winning 6-3 6-1 6-3 in one hour and 37 minutes.

"It was a good start and nice to win in straight sets," said Murray. "It was the hottest day we have had for a while and the court was playing quicker so it's nice to get through."

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  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain stretches in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Andy Murray reacts after victory over Netherlands Robin Haase during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

    Britain's Andy Murray reacts after victory over Netherlands Robin Haase during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Robin Haase of the Netherlands plays a forehand in his first round match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands at the net with Robin Haase of the Netherlands after winning his first round match against during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain signs an autograph after winning his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Robin Haase of the Netherlands plays a forehand in his first round match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain signs an autograph after winning his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain signs an autograph after winning his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

    Britain's Andy Murray plays a return to Netherlands Robin Haase during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

    Netherlands Robin Haase plays a return to Britain's Andy Murray during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

    Britain's Andy Murray plays a return to Netherlands Robin Haase during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Netherlands Robin Haase reacts after a point against Britain's Andy Murray during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain has a drink of water in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Ivan Llendl (L) coach of Andy Murray of Great Britain, girlfriend Kim Sears (bottom right) and mother Judy Murray (R) watch his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Kim Sears, girlfriend of Andy Murray watches his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

    Britain's Andy Murray plays a return to Netherlands Robin Haase during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

    Britain's Andy Murray plays a return to Netherlands Robin Haase during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain is interviewed on court after winning his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Supporters watch Andy Murray of Great Britain in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

    Britain's Andy Murray reacts after victory over Netherlands Robin Haase during their men's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Australian Open - Day 2

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Andy Murray of Great Britain cools down between games in his first round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)