French Open 2012: Andy Murray pleased with ‘good start’ in Paris

British No1 Andy Murray describes his straight-sets victory over Tatsuma Ito as "a good start" to his French Open bid

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Andy Murray made a winning start to his French Open bid Photo: Marianne Bevis

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Andy Murray was pleased by his “good start” to his French Open campaign after he eased to a 6-1 7-5 6-0 victory over Tatsuma Ito of Japan on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old British No1 was impressive in a 25-minute first set but faltered in the second as his Japanese opponent forced Murray to 7-5, before eventually completing victory in an hour and 35 minutes.

“It was pretty good. He played well for five or six games stretch and I played one bad game on my serve,” said Murray.

“The first and third sets were very comfortable, second set could have been, but for a first-round match it was a good start.

“It’s not really difficult [facing an unpredictable opponent]. If you concentrate on your side of the court and don’t give him too many free points yourself it’s fine.

“If you’re making mistakes and playing a patchy match yourself it can become very difficult.”

Murray, who is the fourth seed at Roland Garros, is recovering from a back injury which the Scot blamed for his defeat by Richard Gasquet at the Rome Masters earlier in the month.

But the Australian Open semi-finalist insist he feels in good shape ahead of his second-round clash against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in Paris.

“My back is fine,” he added. “I’ve just got to keep getting better every day, and keep doing the right thinks so it feels as best as possible for the tournament.

“It’s the same stuff I always do, warm-ups and recovery after matches.”

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