Unlike fellow world number one Kerber Angelique, Andy Murray did not crash out in the opening round of the French Open after defeating Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-0 on Tuesday.
Kerber, who became the first women’s top seed to lose in the opening of the French Open, was defeated by world no. 40, Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 22 minutes on Monday.
Murray could have joined in the unwanted history had he failed to scale through Kuznetsov on Tuesday.
The world No. 1 largely controlled the match, aside from a poor run of games in the second set, and showed few signs of fatigue from his illness last week as he set up a second-round meeting with Martin Klizan
“It was quite windy. I started to feel a little bit better as the match went on but I expected a tough match because he’s played well during the clay-court season,” said Murray.
Murray will go on to face world no. 50 – Slovakia’s Martin Klizan – in the second round, as he continues in the race to finish one step better than he did in the last edition.
The Briton finished as runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year.
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