MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS 2012
Murray Races Into Third Round
by ATP Staff|
The ruthless Scot broke serve five times and dropped just five points on serve to claim his fifth victory in five meetings with Troicki. He improved to a 9-5 record at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, having reached the last four in 2009 and 2011, falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal on both occasions.
"It was good. I moved well," said Murray. "I was sliding pretty well on the court. Normally that's the thing that takes time to get used to. Normally for me that's a good sign on the clay, whether I'm playing well or not.
"Sometimes it's a close, tight, first set, first match on clay; 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."
The 24-year-old Murray is coming off his third ATP World Tour final of the season at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, where he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic. The Scot captured his 22nd title at the Brisbane International (d. Dolgopolov) in January and was runner-up at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (l. to Federer) a month later.
Kazakhstani qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin rallied from a set down to upset German No. 14 seed Florian Mayer, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. In a first-round match featuring 10 service breaks, Kukushkin, who reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, converted six of his 13 break point chances to prevail in one hour and 54 minutes. He goes onto face Filippo Volandri, who won an all-Italian clash with qualifier Alessandro Giannessi 7-5, 6-3 in 88 minutes.
Three more Italians followed Volandri into the second round. Fabio Fognini upset home hope Michael Llodra 7-5, 6-3; Andreas Seppi dismissed Romanian qualifier Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-1; and wild card Potito Starace was leading Carlos Berlocq 4-2, when the Argentine was forced to retire with a left calf injury.