Murray glad to avoid early banana skin
On a day when a second Australian Open champion failed to survive challenging conditions at the French Open, Andy Murray was more than happy to pass his first test.
Playing his first match at Roland Garros for two years after missing the 2013 event with a back injury, Murray beat Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3 to earn a second-round meeting with Australia's Marinko Matosevic.
With Li Na following Stanislas Wawrinka out of the tournament after losing 7-5 3-6 6-1 to France's Kristina Mladenovic – the first time in history that both singles champions at the previous Grand Slam event have gone out in the first round – Murray was well aware of the threat posed by Golubev on a damp afternoon on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The world No 53 can trouble the best.
When Murray took the opening set in 34 minutes, a quick victory seemed on the cards, but the world No 8's serving level dropped and Golubev was quick to take advantage. Murray, nevertheless, stopped the rot by winning the first three games of the fourth set and eventually served out for victory after two hours and 35 minutes.
Murray's pleasure was evident in an interview with Fabrice Santoro after the match. The Scot joked that he had not found a coach yet because "not many people want to work with me." When Santoro gave him his business card, the Scot kissed it and laughed.
Matosevic, the world No 66, had never won a Grand Slam match in 12 attempts until his win last night over Dustin Brown.