Andy Murray successfully progressed to the second round of the 2011 French Open with a relatively comfortable straight sets win over French qualifier Eric Prodon.
Murray won the match in under 2 hours, 6-4 6-1 6-3 and will next face Italian Simone Bolelli in the second round on Thursday.
Murray has been in the habit recently of handing guys lowly ranked the “biggest wins of their careers”, and with Prodon playing his first ever match in the main draw of a Grand Slam at the age of 29 and had never previously beaten a player inside the world’s top 100 – Murray was certainly giving Prodan the biggest match of his life so far.
With the exception of a troublesome drop shops that the Frenchman played, the gulf in class between players was clearly visible. Murray though had one of those days, when he frustratingly for himself and his fans hit one too many wayward shots and lost his focus.
It may seem a little harsh on the Scot having won with loss of just 8 games, but those 8 games included 2 breaks of serve and the scoreline should have been 1 or 0 in every set.
After the match Murray said,
It was a tough match, there wasn’t any real rhythm to the match. He didn’t want to have any long rallies so he was hitting a lot of drop shots. He changed the pace of the ball a lot, so I was finding it tough and was annoyed with the way I was moving.
I was hitting the ball well, especially towards the end of the match, and served well but there weren’t any good rallies really because they were all pretty short. I was told going in he’s very unpredictable. That’s why it was a difficult match and just a quite frustrating one to play, because even though I was in front, all of the points were just really scrappy until the end when I went behind.”
I hardly won a point when he had a drop shot today. I was getting to most of them, just not really doing much with them, so I’ll do some work on that tomorrow on the practice court.