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Andy Murray makes the thrid round of the French Open

Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the French Open yesterday with a straight sets win over Simone Bolelli – but he didn’t have it all his own way.

Murray beat the Italian 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5, but he was made to work for every game, and the conditions on the main stadium court were extremely tricky, with the wind swirling around the place, making it difficult for the Scot find a rhythm and places his shots. However, despite the difficult conditions, he still needs to step his game up for the later rounds, and there was plenty of slack play; Michael Berrer, who he faces in the round of 32, will certainly be a much tougher test.

‘The wind was swirling the whole time,’ Murray said afterwards. ‘It was changing during the rallies so you'd think on one shot 'I've got the wind with me' and it was changing, so there's no real rhythm.

‘Your legs get tired too because you're doing so many small adjustment steps to try and get yourself in the right position - it was really tricky today. It's tough, there are a lot of scrappy points and scrappy games and you just have to try and chase as many balls down as possible. Today I was able to do that.

‘I did a lot of running, especially early on in the match. Mentally it's tough because Simone's a very, very good player on the clay and the wind is a very big leveller. It's difficult to get a lot on your serve, which I was able to do at the end of the match. He hit the ball through the wind definitely better than I did.’

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