Murray Lands In Third Round


World number four, Andy Murray enjoyed a confident start to his claycourt season when he outsroked Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-0 6-3 on Tuesday (early Wednesday in Nigeria), to reach the Monte Carlo Masters third round.

The Scot, who made the semi-finals here last year, broke serve in the first game and never looked back, wrapping up a straight forward 67-minute victory when Troicki sent a backhand wide.

“It was very good, getting off to a good start in the match,” Murray told a news conference.

“Sometimes it’s close, tight, first set, first match on clay, kind of anything can happen. You can start rushing. It’s very easy on the clay to start rushing and making mistakes but because I got ahead I didn’t need to do that.”

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Third seed Murray, who received a first-round bye, looked in fine form as he unsettled Troicki with some exquisite drop shots and played his usual tight defensive game to deny his opponent any chance to come back.

Meanwhile, below are results of some matches played on Wednesday; Simon beat Gil 6-3, 6-0, Dolgopolov defeated Tomic 6-2, 5-7, 6-1, while Andújar beat Delbonis 3-6, 6-4 and 6-2.

Haase – Mónaco 7-5, 0-6, 2-3 Ab. or not,” the Briton said.