Tennis: Murray and Ferrero ease through in Marseille
Briton Andy Murray and Juan-Carlos Ferrero of Spain got off to winning starts at the ATP Marseille Open
MARSEILLE, France, Feb 13, 2008 - Briton Andy Murray and Juan-Carlos
Ferrero of Spain got off to winning starts at the ATP Marseille Open on
Tuesday advancing to the second round in straight sets.
Fourth seed Murray beat Dutch qualifier Jesse Huta Galung 6-4, 6-4, in 72
minutes and was later joined by former world number one Ferrero, seeded fifth,
who eliminated South Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee 6-4, 6-1 in 88 minutes.
The 20-year-old Scot's last outing was a hugely-disappointing four sets
loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the first round of the Australian Open
on January 14.
That defeat was put into some perspective by Tsonga's subsequent charge
into his first Grand Slam final in Melbourne where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
Murray opted not to play in Britain's Davis Cup tie away to Argentina last
week citing an injury, but he was widely criticised even by brother Jamie.
He looked rusty early on against 190th-ranked Galung as both players
struggled on serve, but after pocketing that he looked firmly in control and
will next play Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who came through a tough
three setter against homeboy Sebastien Grosjean.
Murray holds a 1-2 record against Wawrinka, the player he beat to capture
his fourth ATP title in Doha last month.
World number 15 Ferrero, meanwhile, achieved his fourth win against
46th-ranked Lee in five meetings and will play Nicolas Mahut in the second
round after the Frenchman saw off Russian qualifier Michail Elgin 6-3, 6-3.
Another seed progressed in the shape of Marcos Baghdatis, the Cypriot sixth
seed ousting Frenchmen Arnaud Clement in straight sets.
Romanian Andrei Pavel was forced to retire in his tie against France's
Julien Benneteau after suffering a recurrence of a back injury picked up in
last weekend's Davis Cup tie with France in his rubber against Tsonga.
The score was 6-2, 1-0, 40-30 in favour of Benneteau who next meets either
third seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny or Croatia's Marin Cilic for a place in
the third round.
Elsewhere Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili eliminated German Michael Berrer 7-6