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Andy Murray beats Andreas Seppi in Rome Masters

Andy Murray
Murray looked impressive on clay

Andy Murray avoided a fourth straight defeat with a superb 6-2 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi at the Rome Masters.

The British number one, 22, outplayed his Italian opponent in every department, breaking him in the first and fifth game of the first set.

The Scot then broke Seppi, 26, again in the first game of the second set as he eased to a comprehensive victory.

Murray will now face Spain's 13th seed David Ferrer or another Italian, Potito Starace, in the third round.

Murray looked lethargic during his defeat to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo a fortnight ago - his third successive loss on the ATP Tour - but was in sprightly mood against Seppi after working on his fitness in Barcelona last week.


The world number five, who had only won once on his last four visits to Rome, broke his Italian opponent straight away.

Seppi had two chances to break back in the fourth, but Murray saved both before establishing a double break with a brilliant forehand in the fifth game.

The second set began in the same manner as the first, with the Scot grabbing the break after Seppi found the net.

Murray, looking relaxed, then conjured up one of the shots of the match when he produced a winner from a stretched backhand crosscourt volley in the fifth game.

Murray joy at return to winning ways

That was only eclipsed by a remarkable shot down the line from Seppi in the 10th game, but it was one of the very few highlights for the Italian, who went on to lose that game and the match.

Murray, who had lost to Robin Soderling in Indian Wells and Mardy Fish in Miami before going down to Kohlschreiber, shrugged off concerns about his dip in form.

"People were panicking because I had played a couple of bad tournaments," said Murray.

"I have actually been mentally tired since the start of the year and had quite a few niggles after the Australian Open.

"Last week in Barcelona, I spent a lot of time on the practice court and got back in shape."

He added: "I want to do well in every tournament but I feel less pressure on clay because I haven't done as well on that surface."

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