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Ruthless Murray storms past Chela

FRENCH OPEN
Venue: Roland Garros Date: 24 May - 7 June
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Andy Murray

Highlights - Murray shines in French opener

By David Ornstein

Andy Murray produced a ruthless display to see off Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela and reach round two of the French Open.

The world number three was broken in game one but bounced back in style to take the first set and then raced through the second in 37 minutes.

Chela could not cope with Murray's unrelenting pressure and the 22-year-old Scot completed a 6-2 6-2 6-1 victory in one hour and 43 minutes.

He will play Mischa Zverev or Potito Starace for a place in round three.

If his performance against Chela is anything to go by, the British number one should beat either player and will have a good chance of reaching the second week at Roland Garros for the first time.

"It was a very good win," said Murray after he extended his lead over clay-court specialist Chela to 4-1.

Comfortable Murray happy with opening win

"I was not expecting to play that well in the first match," added the Scot. "I dictated most of the points when the rallies went long, which he normally likes.

"If I play that well in matches, I've got a good chance of winning comfortably. I wasn't expecting to play that well and it was a bit surprising."

Despite losing game one as a lively Chela took the second of two break points, Murray immediately increased the intensity, broke straight back and then held serve in game three.

On-court temperatures were high following a scorching day of sunshine in Paris and Murray looked in considerably better physical shape than his opponent.

A couple of magnificent forehands took him 0-40 up on the Chela serve and he broke for a 3-1 lead when the 29-year-old double-faulted for the second time in the game.

Chela ground out game five but an in-form Murray then stormed to the first love service game of the match.

Court Suzanne Lenglen had been sparsely populated all day but it was gradually filling to capacity and Murray was fully deserving of their applause as he dominated Chela's service game at 5-2 and swept home a forehand winner to wrap up the set in 38 minutes.

Chela came out for the second set with a spring in his step, showing impressive positional awareness and deft touch around the net to go 40-0 up on the Murray serve.

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But Murray seemed to relish the challenge of coming from behind, improved his first serve percentage and saved four break points before Chela netted to hand him the game.

A combination of brute power and delicate placement - a magnificent lob took the breath away - engineered two break points and Murray took the second with a rasping cross-court backhand winner.

Holding game three with consummate ease ensured Murray had won nine of the last 10 games and, although a dejected Chela stopped the rot to make it 3-1, Murray held and then broke again when Chela went long with a backhand.

Murray then seemed to let his concentration slip somewhat and several unforced errors helped Chela get a break back.

But two sumptuous forehand winners gave the Briton two set points and, although he took neither and wasted a third, another fine forehand gave him a fourth and he took it when Chela netted.

The South American came back from 0-40 down to engineer a break point in game one of the third set but Murray's impressive ability to scramble to safety came to his aid once more.

It was at that point that Chela's head seemed to completely drop and he was pounded into submission the following game before Murray held to go 3-0 up.

By this point the ferocity and accuracy of the Briton's groundstrokes were completely overwhelming Chela, and Murray wrapped up the third set in 28 minutes and with it the match.



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