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Second seed, Andy Murray, made short work of Sergiy Stakhovsky to book his place in the third round of the Barcelona Open.
The British number one needed 78 minutes to record a 6-3 6-2 victory, as he bounced straight back from his quarter-final defeat to Tomas Berdych in the Monte Carlo Masters, last week.

Stakhovsky, ranked 68 in the world, had no answer to Murray, who is featuring in the Spanish clay-court tournament for the first time in four years, and for only the third time in his career. He was nevertheless a popular option for the win with people placing a bet on tennis.

Murray showed brief signs of a Monaco hangover in the opening game, when he was made to fight to avoid an immediate break of serve, but soon settled and took control of the match.

The world number four broke Stakhovsky’s serve at the third attempt in the fourth game and survived a break point at 4-2 to take a three-game lead.
The Ukrainian dug in to take the eighth game, but Murray held the next to love to take the first set 6-3. Murray then rattled through the second set to book a last-16 date with either Robin Haase or Santiago Giraldo.

The Scot recovered from 40-15 down in game three to break Stakhovsky, before breaking again in the Ukrainian’s next service game to take a 4-1 advantage.

After the next two games went with serve, Stakhovsky threatened to break Murray’s serve at 30-0 and drag the contest out, only for Murray to hit back and seal the match.

Murray is still in the process of fine tuning his clay-court game ahead of another shot at the French Open at the end of May. He will be out to better his semi-final exit at Roland Garros last time out. Murray is currently the fifth-favourite for the Roland Garros title in the tennis betting.
 
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