Andy Murray will face Martin Klizan in the second round at Roland Garros
Andy Murray answered doubts about his form and fitness with a four-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov in the opening round of the French Open.
It seemed like it could be a very difficult afternoon for the world number one when Russian Kuznetsov, ranked 73, won the second set.
Murray looked fractious but he moved ahead early in the third set and got better and better, wrapping up a 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-0 win in two hours and 32 minutes.
The Scot will next face Slovakian Martin Klizan, who was involved in a bad-tempered encounter with French wild card Laurent Lokoli on Court 14.
Lokoli was unhappy with what he saw as Klizan exaggerating his calf injury before recovering to win 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 4-6 0-6 6-4.
Elsewhere, Kyle Edmund beat Gastao Elias 6-3 6-2 7-5 after a dominating performance to reach the second round. He will play either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Renzo Olivo.
Murray’s and Edmund’s victories were a major boost to British fortunes after Johanna Konta’s shock loss to Hsieh Su-wei on Court Philippe Chatrier earlier on Tuesday.
The seventh seed appeared to have a kind draw against world number 109 Hsieh Su-wei as she sought her first main-draw win at Roland Garros.
Konta raced through the first set but then got bogged down in a battle and became thoroughly frustrated as Hsieh ground out a 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 victory.