Andy Murray turns to former coach of Roger Federer

Andy Murray has turned to Roger Federer's former coach Sven Groeneveld for advice as he looks to build on a straightforward but frustrating first round win at the French Open.

The world number four struggled with the unpredictability of qualifier Eric Prodon's game yesterday but in the end had too much quality for the Frenchman and wrapped up a 6-4 6-1 6-3 victory in an hour and 44 minutes.



Murray has been without a full-time coach since splitting from Miles Maclagan last July and during the clay season has been working mainly with Australian Darren Cahill, who is part of a coaching team available through the Scot's sponsors adidas.



Cahill's television commitments mean he is off limits in Paris so Murray has turned to Swede Groeneveld, who has also coached Greg Rusedski and Ana Ivanovic.



The Scot, who will play Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli in round two, said: "He's got a lot of experience. He's been around so many grand slams. It's more just having that experience around.



"It's not like I'm necessarily talking to him about tactics, but after the match I was just explaining how I was feeling, and he knows that it's normal not to feel your best in the first match, that it's tricky conditions, and the most important thing is to get through.



"It's just having someone that's been there that, if I need the advice, he can give it to me."



Murray, meanwhile, confirmed he will definitely play in Great Britain's Davis Cup match against Luxembourg in Glasgow in July.



The Scot's appearance, his first in the competition since September 2009, means the result should be a formality, with Luxembourg number one Gilles Muller the only obstacle.



Murray said: "I know Gilles very well. I used to practise with him a lot in Barcelona and used to get on very well with him. He plays well on indoor hard courts.



"I think it's a match that we should definitely win. If we don't, I'd be very disappointed, but he's going to make it difficult because he's a tough player."



After Heather Watson's victory yesterday ended a run of 17 years without a British winner in the first round of the women's singles, Elena Baltacha matched the teenager by beating rising American star Sloane Stephens 7-5 6-2.



Not since John Lloyd, Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs in 1984 have three British players reached the second round, and Baltacha was thrilled to continue her encouraging clay-court form.



The 27-year-old said: "I've got to say that was the most satisfying win I think of my whole career.



"I'm so happy I listened to my coach Nino (Severino), because he was trying to persuade me to have a proper clay season for the last couple of years, and I actually always resisted just from not having the confidence from not winning many matches on the clay."



Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific