Andy Murray cruises to victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Monte Carlo Masters
World number two beats French opponent in straight sets
Wednesday 17 April 2013
Andy Murray started his clay court season with a routine victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Stepping out on the red surface for the first time in 2013, the Scot's first preparatory match ahead of the French Open lasted one hour 12 minutes, winning 6-1 6-4.
The US Open champion is seeded second in the principality - above Rafael Nadal who is seeking a ninth successive title at the event - and he started as if to show why as he broke twice for a 4-0 lead.
His French opponent managed to get a foothold in the game to break back to 4-1, but he was quickly put to bed in the first set with another loss of service.
The second set was harder going for Murray, despite an early break pushing him out in front. In the end, once Roger-Vasselin found his range, serve held through to the finish giving Murray a third-round meeting with Stanislas Wawrinka.
"I got to 4-0 early on which helped," Murray assessed on Sky Sports 1.
"I think he was a bit nervous, didn't move that well at the beginning and then he started to play better.
"He was getting a lot of balls back and I tried to attack as much as I could. It's a positive and good start."
The win certainly ticked a number of boxes for Murray, who became the world number two with victory in his last tournament in Miami,
He sent down eight aces and won 90 per cent of the points on his first serve, while converting four of six break points.
Royal Rumble 2015: Roman Reigns triumphs after The Rock returns to set-up Wrestlemania showdown with Brock Lesnar
Google trolls Tottenham with Oxford dictionary definition of 'lackadaisical'
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Floyd Mayweather ends the carnival this week and picks his next fight - but will it be Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto
- 1 Double chins could be 'cured' without surgery or dieting using new injection
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 5 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia