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French Open: Coachless Andy Murray battles in first round

Paris: British number one Andy Murray got his French Open campaign off to a winning start yesterday as he needed four sets to see off Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Andy Murray returns to Andrey Golubev during his first round match at French Open in Paris yesterday. Pic/AFP
Andy Murray returns to Andrey Golubev during his first round match at French Open in Paris yesterday. Pic/AFP 

The Wimbledon champion reached the 2011 semi-finals on the Paris clay, his best result to date on his least favourite surface but he was given a stern workout by his world number 53 opponent.

Still without a coach since splitting with Ivan Lendl, he backed that up with a solid showing on the Suzanne Lenglen court, using a patient baseline game and winning just under 50 per cent of his opponents service to wrap up a place in the last 64. "He's a tough player and very aggressive which put me on the back foot," said Murray.

"It was pretty windy and I had to be patient but I got the win. Last year was tough because I missed Roland Garros with my back injury and it was really hard to watch it on TV."

When asked about a future coach, Murray joked: "I'm looking but not many people want to work with me, hopefully soon."

2011
The year in which Andy Murray produced his best French Open result, reaching the semi-finals 

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