Murray, Nadal progress to second round

Second seed Andy Murray and fifth seed Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of Roland Garros after contrasting victories on Tuesday.

Murray, who resumed his match against Radek Stepanek trailing by a set, eventually battled to a 3–6, 3-6, 6-0. 6-3, 7-5 victory over the oldest player in the draw.

Nine-time champion Nadal, meanwhile, eased to a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Australian Sam Groth.

The Murray match resumed with the Scot leading 4-2 in the second set, having fought back from two sets down in the darkness at Roland Garros on Monday.

After closing out the fourth set, a nervy fifth set followed, with both players struggling to hold at serve at times.


Ultimately it was Murray’s greater fitness and quality that shone through, with the two-time grand slam winner getting the key break in the ninth game of the decider.

Murray will play 164th-ranked French wildcard Mathias Bourgue for a place in the last 32.

Nadal needed only 80 minutes to see off the challenge of the big-serving Groth to extend his record at Roland Garros to 71 wins against just two losses.

The Spaniard was simply too good for Groth on the day, making only two unforced errors in a sublime display of clay court tennis.

He faces the winner of the match between Facundo Bagnis of Argentina and French qualifier Kenny de Schepper in the second round.

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