ROLAND GARROS 2014
Murray, Gasquet Reach Second Round
by ATP Staff|
Seventh seed Andy Murray made a welcome return to Roland Garros on Tuesday as he started his quest for a first clay-court title with a 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Andrey Golubev. Last year, Murray missed the Grand Slam championship due to injury.
"It was tricky conditions out there, so it wasn't easy to play great tennis or very exciting tennis, so you just had to just play sort of solid, high percentage game," said Murray. "That was enough today. But I was definitely excited to be back here playing here."
He will next play Australian Marinko Matosevic, who recorded his first Grand Slam victory on his 13th try by defeating Dustin Brown 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-7(1), 7-5. Matosevic won the final six games of the match. Read More
Watch Murray vs. Golubev Highlights (Courtesy: French Tennis Federation)
Gasquet, the No. 11 seed, who is coached by 1993-94 champion Sergi Bruguera and Sebastien Grosjean, delighted French supporters by beating Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in one hour and 37 minutes. Meanwhile, Berlocq rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 win over former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt.
Gasquet was contesting his first match since the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, where he lost to Roger Federer in the fourth round. He has struggled with a back injury and only started to train again two weeks ago.
“I have some muscle pains after the match, but it's nothing like what it was two weeks ago,” admitted Gasquet. “I was able to play and that already, in itself, was good news because I have been through some very difficult times. I have no special objective here, except to play matches with good feelings and no pain.”
Gael Monfils, the No. 23 seed, denied Victor Hanescu his 200th tour-level victory. The former World No. 7, returning to action after a one-month absence, won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. His best result at a major came on Parisian clay in 2008, when he reached the semi-finals (l. to Federer).
"I feel great," said Monfils. "I think I stepped on the court very strong, and I was a bit worried about the start, because I haven't played for I think four weeks."
"I relaxed too much, and then I fought hard and I won in five sets. It's magic," said Michon, the World No. 206. A total of nine Frenchmen have advanced to the second round, out of the 19 that began the main draw.