THERE were no real alarms for Andy Murray as he eased into the second round of the French Open with a 6-1 7-5 6-0 victory over Tatsuma Ito of Japan.
The fourth seed clearly did not want to hang around on Court Suzanne Lenglen and he won the first five games in less than 20 minutes.
Ito improved significantly in the second set and had points for a 5-3 lead, but he could not take them and in the end Murray ran out a comfortable winner to set up a second-round match against Finn Jarkko Nieminen.
Troubled by a back problem, Murray has not been in great form during the clay-court season but he was positive about his fitness heading into the tournament and was a huge favourite to beat Ito.
It did not get off to an auspicious start for Ito as a relaxed-looking Murray broke serve at the third attempt in Ito’s first service game, and then repeated the feat two games later.
The underdog at least managed to save three set points, one of them with a brilliant backhand return, before floating a backhand wide to hand Murray the set after 25 minutes.
The Scot began the second set in the same vein, reeling off eight straight points.
But Ito, who was sticking to his pre-match promise to play his attacking game, gradually began to settle and, helped by his opponent, broke back to level at 2-2.
Two double faults and a backhand drilled long gave the Japanese player the game, and he suddenly began to look like he could cause Murray significant problems.
The Scot regained a measure of control, but he continued to make life a little difficult for himself with three backhand errors as he let slip a 0-40 lead at 5-5.
However, Ito netted a simple forehand to give him another chance and this time Murray did prevail when his opponent hit a forehand long.
Ito was mixing blazing winners with poor mistakes, and in the end that cost him as Murray served out the set to love.
That surely was Ito’s chance of an upset gone, and Murray strolled through the third set with ease to make progress into the second round.
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