Andy Murray progresses to second round of French Open

It was not a ideal 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.

Given his build-up, with only four wins on clay all season, and the heavy cold that affected him last week, Petchey felt the performance was better than expected given the fact Kuznetsov had reached the semi-finals in Geneva prior to the tournament. "Here at the beginning of my career I struggled".

"It was better. I still think I can do some things a bit better than I did today - I will try to keep that going".

"It definitely got better as it went on", said Murray. And he puts himself in good stead ahead of his second-round clash with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.

"Last year my first round match was a four setter, so it's nice to get it wrapped up quickly in straight sets - that's progress".

Lokoli snubbed Klizan as the 27-year-old world number 50 offered his hand after completing a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 4-6, 0-6, 6-4 win.

The crowd on Court 14 did not take kindly to Lokoli's snub and made their derision clear.

And him refusing to shake hands at the end? Murray will have his way in this match and could easily make it a three setter if he plays with the energy that he played with in the final two sets of his opening match.

As noted by Deadspin, Klizan also had a bit of poor sportsmanship when, after Lokoli ended the match with a double fault in the fifth set, Klizan shouted in triumph and stared down Lokoli. "It's more the way that I'm playing that does that".

"It was a really tough first set, the first one of today".

Zverev was one of the outside favorites after impressing on his way to victory at the Italian Open earlier this month.

"I lost a match, but, I mean, pretty much everybody loses a match every single week they play". Here I played bad, I lost first round.

Britain had earlier suffered disappointment as their number one Johanna Konta, the women's seventh seed, was knocked out at the first-round stage following defeat to Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei. He won 22 of 41 points (54 percent) behind it.

Verdasco, who has never been beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros, produced a stirring display as he clinched a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 success.

Paris: Andy Murray targets a French Open tonic in the broiling heat of Roland Garros on Tuesday as the 2016 runner-up seeks to get his season back on track. But it was enough to win the first set despite dropping his serve while serving for the opener.

Svitolina converted all three break points and hit 25 winners to prevail 6-4, 6-3 over Yaroslava Shvedova, a two-time quarterfinalist in Paris.

Halep came close to pulling out of the tournament after tearing ankle ligaments less than two weeks ago, but showed no ill effects from the injury and will face Germany's Tatjana Maria in round two.

"Last year was a great year for me here". I have spent more time at home than maybe I would have done in the past.

Andy Murray's unbelievable powers of defence gave him the impetus to put early doubts behind him in a first-round French Open win over Andrey Kuznetsov.

  • Julie Sanders