Andy Murray eased into the second round of the French Open in a 6-1 7-5 6-0 victory over Japan’s Tatsuma Ito.
The Scott was never really tested in a match will lasted just over an hour and a half. Good news for British hopes of winning a first Grandslam title since Fred Perry, Murray should no signs of the back injury which returned at the Rome Masters.
The world number four won the first set in just twenty five minutes cruzing to a 6-1 win. Ito posed a better challenge in the second set but Murray dealt with it hastily and finished the set winning 7-5. In the final set Murray completed a whitewash winning the set 6-0 and booked his place in the second round of Roland Garros.
“It was pretty good, he played well for a five or six game stretch in that second set and I played one bad game on my serve. The first and third sets were very comfortable. The second set could have been, but I obviously played a bad game. For a first-round match in a slam, it’s a good start.” said the Scott in a post match press conference.
“If you concentrate on your side of the court and don’t give up too many free points yourself, then it’s fine. If you’re making mistakes and playing a patchy match yourself, then it can become difficult. It can be very up and down, but I didn’t do that today. I just tried to give a bit more height on the ball. With his game style, he’s quite a flat hitter of the ball. He liked it when the ball was between his waist and shoulders.” he continued.
“I just gave the ball a little bit more height, a little bit more variation, and he started to make mistakes. That was it. You just go and try to find a way of getting through it, and I did that. He’s a good player. This happens. There’s a reason why he’s in the top 70 players in the world. Tennis is very strong just now.
“You expect guys to be able to play well and he played well for a period of the match. But in the slams you have to play well for long periods of matches, and that’s the difference between winning and losing a lot of the time.” he added.
Speaking about his back injury Murray said “My back is fine and hopefully it will keep getting better each day. I’ll make sure I do all the right things so that it feels as good as possible through the tournament.”
Murray will face Finn Jarkko Nieminen in the second round of the French Open.