Andy Murray has defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-1, 6-4. The match was done and dusted in just 72 minutes.
Murray had been practicing hard here at Monte Carlo since the last few days. The Scot reckons that he doesn’t play that well on clay courts, but, his performance in this match doesn’t suggest that. He hardly played a loose shot against Vasselin.
Murray has been given the second seed in this tournament. He had become the no. 2 player in the world by winning the Sony Open a few weeks ago. But, if he gets knocked out of Monte Carlo Masters before the quarter finals, he will again slip behind Roger Federer in the world rankings.
After winning the match against Vasselin, Murray said, “I managed to take a lead of 4-0 in the first set and that helped. Edouard was nervous initially and was not moving across quickly, but, in the second set, he began playing well.”
“He was playing the return shots well in the second set. I just tried to stay positive and that worked. It’s really a fine beginning.”
In the opening set, Murray got breakthroughs in the 2nd and the 4th game and got ahead by 4-0. But, Vasselin broke back in the 5th game to make the score 4-1.
The Frenchman couldn’t win any more game in the set. In the 6th game, he dropped his serve again and then, Murray served out the 7th game to win the set.
In the second set, Murray got a breakthrough in the 3rd game to take a lead of 2-1. He won his remaining service games after that and sealed the match.