Murray battles to avoid Paris shock against Stepanek
Andy Murray will resume his first-round match against Radek Stepanek today with his French Open hopes hanging by a thread.
The world No 2 was regarded by many as the second favourite for the title but he looked like anything but as he dropped the opening two sets to 37-year-old qualifier Stepanek.
Murray has recovered to win from two sets down eight times in his career and he must do so again after play was called off for the night at 9.22pm with Stepanek leading 6-3 6-3 0-6 2-4.
This was not the match Murray wanted after responding to Amelie Mauresmo's comments about the end of their coaching partnership.
The Frenchwoman opened the lid on the split in an interview in L'Equipe in which she indicated his difficulty in controlling his emotions on court played a big part in her leaving. Murray's most unappealing habit is taking his frustration out on his support camp by screaming abuse at them. The Scot has long been aware of the problem but has yet to find a way to solve it.
He admitted he sometimes feels embarrassed when he sees replays of matches, but said in L'Equipe: "When you're on the court, a lot of the things that happen are not always really a true reflection of how you feel.
"And sometimes, the things that I say on court, I don't always say stuff to my coach. I also say stuff about myself as well. I don't speak well of myself when I'm on the court either. And that's something that I've always tried to find a way to improve."
Murray argued he had been better in recent weeks - notably when he won the title in Rome earlier this month, just after the split from Mauresmo had been announced.