ATP Monte Carlo Masters: Andy Murray begins French Open build-up this week

Last Updated: 17/04/13 10:33am

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Barry Cowan previews the Monte Carlo Masters where Andy Murray makes his return since winning the Miami Masters.

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World No 2 Andy Murray will launch his French Open build-up on Wednesday when he faces Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Scotsman has three tournaments in which to hone his game for Roland Garros, and feels he is better prepared than ever for the French tournament.

"I feel good," he said. "The movement has been the thing that I needed to improve on clay and I feel like I'm moving better this year.

"It has always taken me a little while to get used to the clay. I expect to give 110 per cent, to work hard in practice.

"If I do that, hopefully the results will be there at the end of the week, or by the French Open I'll be playing good enough tennis to win matches."

Surprise

Murray was handed a first-round bye while Vasselin, ranked 81 in the world, beat Tommy Haas 6-3 6-2.

"Of course, there's a great gap between the two of us. But in some tournaments, sometimes surprises can happen," Murray said.

"I feel good. The movement has been the thing that I needed to improve on clay and I feel like I'm moving better this year."
Andy Murray

"If there's an opening, I will certainly take it and I'll be there.

"What I need to do is try not to let him play his game. What he likes is to do his own mix, dropshots, higher balls. I need to try to be aggressive and not let him have time to adapt to the surface since it's his first tournament on clay.

"Otherwise it's going to become more and more difficult for me as he will get more familiar with the conditions."

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