French Open: Andy Murray through to round three after beating Marinko Matosevic
Last Updated: 29/05/14 7:26pm
Andy Murray progressed to the third round of the French Open with a straightforward 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Marinko Matosevic.
The British No 1 dropped a set against Andrey Golubev in his opening match at Roland Garros but was in total control from start to finish against Matosevic.
Murray needed just 1 hour 56 minutes to complete the win and set up a meeting with 28th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who won the pair's only previous match on clay four years ago.
After the routine win much of the press attention focused on the fact that Murray had, not for the first time in his career, been heard swearing on court. However, 27-year-old claims he is far from the worst offender on tour.
"I think with a lot of the players it would be very interesting," he said when asked it it would be good for players to have microphones attached to their shirts during matches.
"I think the players that speak in English everybody picks up on that. But some of the stuff that guys say in other languages is a lot worse than the couple of words that I tend to use on the court.
I think the players that speak in English everybody picks up on that. But some of the stuff that guys say in other languages is a lot worse than the couple of words that I tend to use on the court.
Andy Murray on swearing
"There are a few phrases that some of the guys use, and they're not pretty."
He added: "Some of the ones in Spanish aren't great. Some of the Italian phrases, as well, are not so good. Some of the Serbian phrases also aren't great, either.
"I'm not the only one that talks to myself. I think what I say is fairly mild compared to the guys that speak the other languages that people don't pick up on."
Story of the match
Murray was playing in the tight confines of the Court One bullring but in much drier and warmer conditions than against Golubev.
The seventh seed made a fine start with a break of serve in the opening game, Matosevic immediately looking a little out of his depth in his first ever second-round match in a grand slam.
But after a slow start the Australian did begin to improve and even put some pressure on Murray in the eighth game, the Wimbledon champion having to fight back from 0-40 down.
Having come through that shaky patch, Murray forced a set point on the Matosevic serve which he took when his opponent sent a backhand long.
Both men had chances at the start of the second set but it was Murray who took a 2-0 lead, Matosevic then having to save three break points to prevent his opponent moving 4-0 up.
It was only a temporary reprieve, however, as Murray soon broke again and then served out the set with a second-serve ace.
The third set started with the longest game of the match but after 16 minutes and five break points it ended in familiar fashion – with Murray breaking serve.
It was clear Matosevic did not have the offensive weapons to trouble the two-time grand slam winner and Murray took another long game to move 4-1 ahead.
The Scot wobbled slightly within sight of the finish line when Matosevic broke serve for the first time in the match, but Murray hit straight back and converted his first match point with a backhand return winner.