Andy Murray Wins His First Ever French Open Match

Andy Murray, British number and 10th seed at Rolland Garros, battled through an up and down encounter against the French wild card Jonathan Eysseric 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 6-2 to record his first ever French Open victory and reach the second round.

The victory is all the more satisfying for Murray since he had to come back from 2 sets to 1 down and had been fighting a throat infection last week, which limited the amount of training the Scot could do. After the win, Murray said,

I didn’t play particularly well and he made me do a lot of running which wasn’t the plan. Playing a young guy you’ve not seen takes a little bit of time to get used to. But I never felt I was going to lose the match. I was happy I came through it. (in regards to his throat infection) I was told to do half of what I would normally do, I had to make sure I wasn’t tiring myself out too much and getting a lot of sleep. I feel a bit better today but this has been the first day I have been feeling good. I’ll take tomorrow easy and work hard in the gym on Tuesday.

Although Murray took the first set it was more down to errors on Eysseric’s side and as he managed to cut out the errors he went on to take the next two sets and it was Murray who began to miss-fire. A younger Murray may have lost his cool at this point, with a partisan crowd fully behind the young Frenchman, actually the youngest player in the Men’s draw.

Thinking back to two years ago when an emerging Murray faced David Nalbandian at Wimbledon, it was Murray’s fitness that held him back from winning that match and it was rolls reversed here today as Murray took advantage of physically tiring Eysseric, who at one point needed the trainer on court for cramp. The Briton rattled off 6 games in a row to take it in to a decider. Murray broke three times to take a 5-1 lead, but Eysseric refused to give in and broke back at 5-2, before the British number one broke again to close out the match.

Andy Murray will now face the Argentine Jose Acasuso on Wednesday in the Second round. Acasuso is a clay court specialist, so this match should be an even tougher test for Murray,