Murray confident of comeback at French Open

Andrey Kuznetsov could represent a problem in his first-round match at Roland Garros

Andrey Kuznetsov could represent a problem in his first-round match at Roland Garros

Andy Murray avoided the fate of fellow world number one Angelique Kerber by coming through his first-round match at the French Open in four sets.

With Kuznetsov serving at 1-0, the Russian sent a lob over Murray's head that looked certain to win the point only for the top seed to somehow claw it back over his shoulder, with his surprised opponent netting the resulting smash.

For a while some may have sensed the possibility of a third shock as the Scot began tentatively, his tennis underpowered and his manner subdued.

"A few guys like (Borna) Coric, for example, beat him in Madrid".

The world number 52 dropped each of the first two sets 6-3, but broke in the crucial ninth game of the third set to take a lead and served out for 6-4.

Murray broke straight back, but Kuznetsov was enjoying himself as he played with freedom and regained the upper hand with a delicate drop shot before going a double break up at 5-2 with a fierce backhand victor.

"It was quite windy today and that can make things hard", Murray said. "Yeah, hopefully I can go out there and play some good tennis and make it tough for him, because he had a very long match today". "I have very good memories of Paris and I will try to have another good run this year".

In his first-round match, the Slovak got into a row with French wildcard Laurent Lokoli, who refused to shake his hand at the end - in part because he believed Klizan was feigning injury after giving up the fourth set to love and then storming back to win in five sets.

Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina hit a crosscourt forehand victor on match point to win the first match on Court Suzanne Lenglen and seal her spot in the second round of the French Open.

"I have to say I don't know much about him", said Wawrinka, who has made at least the quarter-finals in three of his last four trips to the French Open.

He said, after the match: "I was happy with the three sets, just the match in general".

Halep, who had described her chances of playing in Paris as "50-50" due to an ankle ligament injury, will face Germany's Tatjana Maria for a place in the last 32. This will obviously be their first match on clay.

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei, the world number 109, stunned seventh seed Johanna Konta 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4. However, the Briton world No 1 found his rhythm to complete a gruelling four-set victory. She has said she will return to the tour in 2018. "He can hit a big ball".

For the full scores and statistics from both the men's and women's singles bracket, visit the Roland Garros official website. Anastasija Sevastova and Daria Kasatkina also booked their spots in the second round.

Third seed and 2015 champion Wawrinka was an easy victor, defeating Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

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