Murray aces opening test in Paris win

Murray aces opening test in Paris win

Murray aces opening test in Paris win

The match took 28 games to decide. Murray can be a slow starter, both in tournaments and matches, but will hope he can rediscover his form throughout the tournament.

The world number one was broken three times but remained competitive - immediately recovering the break on two occasions - but Kuznetsov hung on to take the set. He won only 72 percent of his first-serve points with a 58 percent first-serve percentage.

Nishikori's next opponent will be Jeremy Chardy. Klizan had to go five sets to defeat French wild card Laurent Lokoli on Tuesday.

Not only did the Frenchman lose in the first round, he also refused a handshake from his opponent. Klizan has three career wins over top-10 players, but none have come since 2014.

"For me, when you're on a tennis court, you have to be respectful", said Lokoli. And then during the fifth set, who knows why? "And then he speaks to me about respect".

Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco ousted highly-rated German youngster Alexander Zverev - seeded ninth in Paris after winning the Italian Open - in another shock result when their match resumed yesterday after being suspended the day before. "I did not play many matches on clay and was not feeling that confident".

Defending champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. He won 22 of 41 points (54 percent) behind it.

Lendl was courtside Tuesday, having not been present since the Australian Open.

Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, victor of the 2015 French Open, is also through after he overcame Slovakia's Jozef Kovalík 6-2, 7-6, 6-3.

The World No.1 improves to 5-4 on clay this season. The No. 3 seed kept up his momentum in Paris. "I had a massage, it wasn't easy", Olivo said. Previous year on this surface, I thought it was the best I'd ever seen Andy play in the clay-court season. "I don't think I got a word in edgeways", Murray said as he recalled going out for dinner with the two men.

However, the Russian can also be extremely temperamental and, in a best of five set match, it was the consistency of Murray which prevailed.

- Australia's Nick Kyrgios beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 in the first round.

The Brit will now take on Slovakia's Martin Klizan in round two, before a potential third round clash with former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro.

When the Scot had been about to hit his second serve at 0-40 down in the very first game of the day against Kuznetsov, those anxious about the mental and physical condition of the world No 1 were already on the edge of their seats.

Svitolina hit 25 winners to 16 unforced errors, while Shvedova ended with a positive balance, 18-17.

- Pironkova, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros a year ago, beat German Mona Barthel 6-0 6-4. Last year, he withdrew from the tournament ahead of his third-round match because of a wrist injury.

"Obviously, she's a legend of the sport for Australia", said Thanasi Kokkinakis, an Australian player.

There were many broad smiles from Andy Murray during his first-round victory over Andrey Kuznetsov at the French Open but Ivan Lendl and his team must have been far happier when he was angry.

Murray appeared to have proved his doubters wrong last year on clay, his supposed weakest surface, but he has not been able to replicate his aggressive brand of tennis which proved so successful last year.

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