French Open 2017: Andy Murray Beats Andrey Kuznetsov To Move Into Second Round
Andy Murray avoided the fate of fellow world number one Angelique Kerber by coming through his first-round match at the French Open in four sets.
The British No 1 proved too strong for his Russian opponent coming through 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-0 in just over two and a half hours on court Philippe Chatrier.
Defeat for Murray would have seen both top seeds exit a Grand Slam in round one for the first time in the open era after Johanna Konta had earlier lost to world number 109 Hsieh Su-Wei, while Kyle Edmund beat Portugal’s Gastao Elias 6-3 6-2 7-5.
The three-time major winner lost his serve at 5-3 but broke back immediately before holding firm to secure the first set 6-4.
Kuznetsov, the world number 73, broke the Murray serve four times – twice in taking the second set – which prompted some self-mocking sarcastic applause from the Briton.
Murray, the two-time Wimbledon champion, broke Kuznetsov’s first and last service game of third set to take it 6-2.
The world No 1 broke Kuznetsov three times in the fourth set to complete the victory in comprehensive fashion.
Murray goes on to face Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, the world number 50 in the next round.