Tennis-Murray labours into third round in Paris

Reuters

Thu, 26 May 18:09:00 2011

Andy Murray defied swirling winds and dropped serves to defeat Italian Simone Bolelli 7-6 6-4 7-5 and book his place in the third round of the French Open on Thursday.

On a windswept court Philippe Chatrier, the fourth-seeded Briton showed signs of irritation but twice came back from a break down in the opener to force a tiebreak he won 7-3 as Bolelli made a flurry of unforced errors.

Murray also dropped serve in the second set and third sets of an error-ridden match, but managed to raise his game when it mattered to seal victory with a backhand winner down the line after two hours 51 minutes.

The Scot, who will face either France's Arnaud Clement or German Michael Berrer for a place in the last 16, was not too worried by his performance, though, saying the wind would make it tough for anyone to shine.

"There is a lot of scrappy points, a lot of scrappy games, and you've just got to try and chase as many balls down as you can, make them play one extra ball," he told a news conference.

Murray, who is looking to claim his maiden grand slam title, said the result only mattered on Thursday.

"Today, like I say, I would have liked to have played a little bit better in my first round," he said. "Today I just wanted to get through. I was really, really happy to come through today."

 

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