It’s Day Two at the French Open and a tough first round five set match finally ended in victory for British Number One Andy Murray. He faced the oldest man in the men’s singles draw Radek Stepney, 37 who certainly made him work for victory in a match that was carried over from yesterday due to failing light.
British tennis fans had every right to worry that Murray, 29 a three-time French Open semi-finalist might leave the competition in a shock first round defeat after he two trailed two sets to one when play was suspended last night. Today he came back fighting, winning the fourth set convincingly but Stepney didn’t make it easy for him in the fifth and final set pushing him to the limit, the final score was 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. World Number Two Murray will now face wildcard Mathias Bourgue from France in the next round who is ranked 164.
Fellow Brits Aljaz Bedene, Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson are all also through to the second round. British Number One Johanna Konta must be hoping to emulate her Australian Open Grand Slam success at Roland Garros, she and teammate Laura Robson are both playing their first-round matches today. Naomi Broady leaves the competition after losing to Vandeweghe in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 yesterday.
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