2011 French Open: Murray Battles Past Bolelli

It wasn’t a day for beautiful tennis, blustery and overcast conditions in Paris meant the tennis would be scrappy. Andy Murray had to fight his way through to the third round grinding out a straight sets win 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-5 over Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli.

The match was played on the Philippe Chatrier Court and windy conditions blew the ball and dirt continuously through the match. It made the contest rather more even than it could have perhaps could have been. Bolelli certainly had many opportunities to win each of sets, but it was the higher ranked player who  managed to come though in the big games.

After the match Murray spoke to with the world’s media,

It was so difficult because the win wasn’t consistent; it was swirling the whole time, There was no real rhythm and your legs get kind of tired too because you’re doing so many small adjustment steps. It was really tricky today. There were a lot of scrappy points, a lot of scrappy games, and you’ve just got to try and chase as many balls down as you can and make them play one extra ball. Today I was able to do that. I thought he played very well; he hit the ball through the wind definitely better than I did.

Murray will now face German Michael Berrer in third round, he defeated French Veteran Arnaud Clement 7-6 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round.