Andy Murray set to get Paris campaign under way

Paola Ditto
Giugno 1, 2017

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.

The world number one suffered a scare when Kuznetsov, ranked 73rd in the world, took the second set but answered questions about his fitness and form to win 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-0. Then an immediate break in the fourth set him finally on his way as Kuznetsov was forced to hit more and more wildly just to find some corner of the court Murray could not get to. And a poor game when he was serving for the set was swiftly cancelled out by a break to love. He plays, you know, a lot of dropshots and quite unorthodox sort of shot selection, so it can be hard to prepare for that.

Give me Murray in straight sets.

"At least if you don't start the match well you've got a bit of time to work it out and adjust to the conditions a little bit", he said.

Seventh-seed Konta succumbed 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

"When the lob went up, I thought that I wouldn't be able to reach it, but I did".

Back came the smiles after game, set and match was called by the chair umpire and this time they were genuine.

He said: "I only played him once, and that was previous year in Vienna, I think, is the only time we have played".

The statistics show he is winning fewer points on both first serve (72% to 76%) and second serve (50% to 54%) than in 2016, leaving him under pressure more regularly.

Just 4-4 this clay season and with only one title this year, Andy Murray admits it's been a tough start to 2017.

No50 ranked Martin Klizan took Murray to three sets in Vienna a year ago, but came through a tense five-setter against French wild card Laurent Lokoli that lasted 3hrs 39mins: Murray will certainly be favourite to come through and could then face the No29 seed, Juan Martin del Potro-though the Argentine first has to play Nicolas Almagro.

Despite having to defend break points on the first service game of the match, he made no mistake on the first chance he was offered to take the lead.

Moody Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is struggling with hip and shoulder injuries, has been receiving daily treatment ahead of his first-round match against experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Looking increasingly comfortable on court and playing with more variety, Murray soared to victory with a bagel set. "If in the middle of the match he will retire, I will be just happy".

"It's frustrating - it's the third time I have been ill this year", said the Scot.

Lokoli accused Klizan of exaggerating his physical problems and refused to shake hands at the end, sending the Slovakian away with a shooing gesture.

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