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Ito proves no bother to Murray

A SLIGHT bump in the road was no concern for Andy Murray as he successfully negotiated his first obstacle at this year's French Open.

The world number four will play Finn Jarkko Nieminen in the second round tomorrow after seeing off Japan's Tatsuma Ito 6-1 7-5 6-0 on Court Suzanne Lenglen yesterday.

The scoreline was more a reflection of the way Ito, making his main-draw debut in the French capital, played than any Murray inconsistency.

The Japanese player hit a purple patch during the second set that would have seen him serve for it had he taken one of three break points when he had Murray at 0-40 in the eighth game.

Having survived that scare, the Scot lost only one more game, ending the match with nine in a row as Ito returned to his error-strewn ways.

Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, all won comfortably, as did defending men's champion Rafael Nadal (pictured).

Briton Heather Watson beat Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-4 to reach the second round for the second successive year.