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Del Potro wins 1st match at French Open since 2012

Vera Richards | 05 June, 2017, 07:33

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, a semi-finalist in 2014, shook off a right ankle injury to recover from 0-5 down in the first set to beat Rise Ozaki of Japan 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Hours before the start of his French Open campaign, a dour Andy Murray, already struggling for consistency and form, suggested he needs to start enjoying his struggles if he hopes to get through this phase quickly.

Murray was joined in the second round for the third year in a row by Kyle Edmund, who was a convincing 6-3 6-2 7-5 victor over Portugal's Gastao Elias.

Murray said: "He goes for his shots, plays very aggressive, hits the ball pretty flat so he takes your time away". He faced three break points in his opening service game of the match. "He has had a good clay court season so I knew it would be hard", Murray said who was broken three times during the second set.

They have only met once before, in the first round in Beijing last October, with Klizan the 12th victim in Murray's 24-match winning streak to end the season.

However, Murray faltered when serving for the set and although he broke in the next game to seal the opener Kuznetsov, ranked 73, drew clearly drew encouragement from the wobble, breaking in the opening game of the second set.

Glimmers of the player who dominated the second half of 2016 began to emerge - a familiar backhand pass rocketed down the line, a drop shot that left Kuznetsov stranded.

That may sound ideal to a tennis-loving bachelor, but as Andy Murray will tell you, it can take its toll on a family man.

Murray did just that in the fourth set, taking a decisive lead as he stretched his domination to eight straight games.

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Looking faster and keener, Murray pushed through the second set in 37 minutes and the third in one minute less.

“It was a decent start, ” Murray said, “considering, obviously, how I played in the buildup.”. "Hopefully I can go out there and play some good tennis and make it tough for him". I still think there are some things I can do better.

Del Potro, seeded number 29, said later: "It could be another great battle - if I feel good".

It was not a flawless start by the world No1, who began the match strongly only to go walkabout about in the second set, but he finished the match with real momentum, visibly growing in belief and authority.

He plays Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round at about 11:30 BST, with fellow Britons Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund also in action on day three.

But Hsieh fought back and Konta had to save five break points before her opponent eventually prevailed in the second-set tiebreaker.

"I controlled a lot of the match", the British number two said.

That will be against Juan Martin Del Potro, who rather than a horror show found himself caught up in a real "weepie".

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