Murray eyes improvement
Andy Murray admits he will need to improve after battling past Gilles Muller 7-5 7-5 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters. The Scot received a bye through the opening round and was not expected to be troubled by the Luxembourger in his first match of the year on clay. However, he was broken in the first game and despite always appearing to have the upper hand, was less than convincing at times, with Muller spurning a number of chances.
After eventually battling through, he will now face Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round on Thursday following the Spaniard's win over Argentina's Carlos Berlocq. The top seed is 1/6 to triumph, with clay-court specialist Ramos-Vinolas 4/1, but knows he will need to improve following a rusty performance against Muller.
Murray admits he was pushed hard on Wednesday and is expecting even more when he takes on a man he has seen plenty of in the past on the practice court. "It was a tough first match, I started the match pretty slow, I obviously wasn't serving that well at the start," he said. "It got a little bit better, I started to create a lot of chances in the second set. I couldn't get the breakthrough until right at the end."
When asked about Ramos-Vinolas, he admitted: "He's always a tough guy to play against. I've practised with him quite a bit, he obviously likes the clay. It's a completely different match-up and I'll need to be ready for a big fight because he doesn't give anything for free."