No handshake after testy match in French Open

Murray defeats Kuznetsov in the first round of French Open

Del Potro, who went on to guide Argentina to their first Davis Cup title, was always going to be a danger lurking for one of the top seeds as he continues to work his way back up the rankings after wrist problems nearly ended his career.

Murray looked fractious but he moved ahead early in the third set and got better and better, wrapping up a 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-0 win in two hours and 32 minutes.

Murray could hardly have had a tougher start to his last tournament before Paris, when he lost in the first round to Fabio Fognini, a master of clay-court tennis, but he now has the chance to play his way out of the rut into which he has fallen in recent weeks.

There was the occasional shake of the head to acknowledge a good serve or shot by Kuznetsov, but the Scot was generally in control and, with his confidence growing, brought his full repertoire of shots out, including some deft drop shots towards the finish. I struggled a bit at first, but each year I kept coming back and tried to do a bit better, and last year was really good.

Zhang Shuai can expect to refresh her personal best at Roland Garros as she will face the No. 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam singles victor, in Friday's third round.

He responded by lifting the trophy in Dubai, but since then has suffered a serious of premature defeats outside of his run to the Barcelona semi-finals.

"I will try to keep that going. That's what happens", said Murray. "Hopefully I can go out there and play some good tennis and make it tough for him". I play Futures and Challengers.

"Certainly no-one mentioned that at any stage during the period between Wimbledon and the Tour Finals previous year and I did OK".

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"And I had the best, pretty much the best period of my career, and no one mentioned Ivan not being around".

World No. 1 Andy Murray acknowledges that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the overwhelming favourites to win the ongoing French Open.

The Frenchman was angry with Klizan, who claimed a leg injury, which Likoli says his opponent has faked.

"He has a lot of talent", said Murray.

He would have feared the worst after dropping the first set against his big-hitting opponent. It was quite windy today. He plays a lot of drop shots and quite unorthodox sort of shot selection, so it can be hard to prepare for that.

Konta has yet to win one match in the main draw in three attempts.

Britain's world No.8 Johanna Konta insists she is happy with the progress she has made through the clay season despite crashing out in the first round.

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