French Open: Andy Murray starts title bid with straight-sets win

Andy Murray
Andy Murray has twice been a semi-finalist at Roland Garros
French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 24 May - 7 June
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Andy Murray began his French Open campaign with a straight-sets win over Argentina's Facundo Arguello at Roland Garros.

The Briton, seeded third, won 6-3 6-3 6-1 to take his clay-court record this year to 11-0.

Murray goes on to face Canada's Vasek Pospisil or Joao Sousa of Portugal.

Fellow Briton Kyle Edmund could join Murray in round two, but Aljaz Bedene lost to Dominic Thiem.

Murray has won titles in Munich and Madrid on clay in recent weeks, beating Rafael Nadal along the way, but the two-time semi-finalist insists he is still not among the title favourites in Paris.

Andy Murray
Murray was on court for just one hour, 45 minutes as he booked his place in round two

He was scheduled last on the main Court Philippe Chatrier and had to wait until late afternoon to get under way, but then needed just one hour and 45 minutes to see off Arguello.

"The first set I didn't feel like it was great," said Murray.

"I felt like it was difficult. The start was very windy on the court and cold, so it was quite slow conditions. I found it difficult at the beginning.

"When the wind died down a bit in the second and third set, I felt that the level of tennis was better."

Arguello, 22, only made the main draw as a lucky loser after being beaten in qualifying.

He landed a few telling blows with his heavy forehand, overturning an early break of serve in the first set, but was broken six times by Murray.

There was a worrying moment at the start of the second set when the Scot appeared to turn his ankle but apparently no damage was done, and a rasping backhand return gave him the key break for 3-2.

The final set took just 26 minutes as Murray, watched by new wife Kim Sears for the first time since their wedding last month, extended his best ever run on clay.

Pospisil or Sousa are likely to provide sterner opposition next time out, with their first-round match scheduled first on Tuesday.

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