ATP Monte Carlo Masters: Andy Murray beats Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets to reach third round

Last Updated: 18/04/13 3:23pm

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Andy Murray made an impressive start to his clay-court season as he brushed aside France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin to cruise into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

While it may be his least favourite surface, Murray produced a clinical display on the red dirt to win 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 12 minutes.

The Scot, seeded number two at the event, was on his game from the off and raced through the opening set with his 81st ranked opponent unable to offer any serious resistance.

Although he secured an early break, the second proved a tighter affair and Murray was forced to save a break-point when serving at 3-2 to maintain his advantage.

But he did so convincingly and then held serve on two further occasions with little fuss to secure his passage and a third-round clash with Stanislas Wawrinka.

Control

If there were any early nerves from Murray they certainly did not show as he reeled off the first four games of the match to quickly take control.

Roger Vasselin managed to get a foothold as he broke to finally get on the scoreboard at 4-1, but he was put to bed in the first set with another loss of service.

The Frenchman grew into the contest and extended his rival at times in the second, but Murray always held the edge and found an extra gear as and when it was required.

In total he sent down eight aces and won 90 per cent of the points on his first serve, while converting four of six break points and expressed his satisfaction after sealing victory.

"I got to 4-0 early on which helped," Murray told Sky Sports afterwards. "I think he was a bit nervous, didn't move that well at the beginning and then he started to play better.

"He was getting a lot of balls back and I tried to attack as much as I could. It's a positive and good start."

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