Andy Murray and David Ferrer win openers at Roland Garros 2014

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Seventh-seeded Andy Murray advanced to the second round of French Open 2014 by dismissing the World no. 53 Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan. The Olympic champion got off to a flying start in the opener as he marched to a 4-0 lead and soon wrapped up the first set. His initial one break advantage in the set number two was annulled by the rival, but the highest-ranked British player broke again before serving out the set to extend the lead. Murray will be disappointed over dropping all but one of his third set service games which meant the Kazakh managed to make it 2-1 in sets despite getting broken twice himself. However, the last year’s Wimbledon conqueror stayed fully focused in the follow-up set which he claimed without facing a break point – he served out the match after two hours and thirty-six minutes of clay-court tennis to secure a 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory. He will play Australian Marinko Matosevic next.

David Ferrer, seed number five, turned in a routine performance to eliminate Dutch Igor Sijsling in straight sets. The last year’s runner-up only dropped one of his serves over the course of one hour and forty-two minutes, whist he broke the 55th-ranked rival six times to win 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 and land a spot in the round of 64 where he will square off against Italy’s Simone Bolelli.

Likewise, twelfth seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet progressed by sending home Australian Bernard Tomic after a convincing 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 victory.

Grigor Dimitrov, who has already won a couple of tournaments this season, was forced to exit Roland Garros due to suffering a first round defeat against former no. 14 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. The latter broke the eleventh-seeded Bulgarian on two occasions to acquire a double set lead before clinching the third set tie-break to complete a 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (4) triumph which will see him take on Austrian player Andreas Haider-Maurer in the following round.

Also through to the second round are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mikhail Youzhny and Fabio Fognini, whilst Tommy Haas and Nicholas Almagro withdrew from the tournament without stepping on the court.

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