Murray surprised after crushing Chela


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:30

The British number one provided further evidence of his improvement on clay by routing the Argentinian 6-2 6-2 6-1 on Suzanne Lenglen court.

Murray, the third seed, hit 55 winners in overrunning Chela – a supposed specialist on the surface – and he was delighted with how his opener at Roland Garros went.

“It was a very good win,” Murray said.

He added: “I knew I needed to play well and I didn’t make too many mistakes. I was not expecting to play that well in the first match.

“I dictated most of the points when the rallies went long, which he normally likes.

“If I play that well in matches, I’ve got a good chance of winning comfortably. I wasn’t expecting to play that well and it was a bit surprising.”

“I understood what I had to do,” added Murray, who last year made it to the third round before losing to Nicolas Almagro.

“I didn’t take Chela lightly at all and I had to play very well. I did that pretty much right from the start. Although I lost my service game, I was very happy with the way I played.”


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