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Rafael Nadal cruises, Andy Murray struggles at French Open 2016

Rafael Nadal began his French Open 2016 title chase with an emphatic win but Andy Murray had to struggle while moving into the second round
PARIS, May 24, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Andy Murray of Great Britain returns the ball during the men's singles first round match against Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic on day 2 of 2016 French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, in Paris, France on May 23, 2016. (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

Nine-time French Open tennis champion Spaniard Rafael Nadal began his 2016 campaign with a comfortable 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Australian Sam Groth . Nadal never faced a break point and breezed past Australian Sam Groth in an hour and 20 minutes to move into the second round.

The Spaniard lost only five points on his serve, landed 84 percent of his first serves and hit 25 winners to three unforced errors. Groth, meanwhile, struggled to get his serve-and-volley game going.

The Aussie, who was looking for his first win at French Open produced nine double faults and landed only 58 per cent of his first serves.

Nadal become the first player in the Open Era to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. He already is the only man in history to have won five consecutive titles at French Open at has a 71-2 win-loss ratio in Paris.

Meanwhile, Scot Andy Murray fought hard to get through to the second round of the French Open tennis tournament beating Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

In a long match that lasted for 3 hours and 41 minutes, Murray, World No.2, came back after losing the first two sets, reports Efe. Despite Stepanek’s age, 37, and being No.128 in the singles rankings, he played an amazing game against Murray.

Murray’s next opponent will be Frenchman Mathias Bourgue, who defeated Spanish Jordi Samper-Montana 7-5, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8).

IANS

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