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Murray advances to second round in Paris

Murray advances to second round in Paris

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.

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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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