Italian Open: Murray into third round, extends good form on clay

Andy Murray is through to the third round of the Italian Open after securing his 10th consecutive victory on clay court by beating France’s Jeremy Chardy in Rome.

The 27 year-old claimed his first clay-court title last week – defeating Rafael Nadal en route to winning the Madrid Masters – and was on the verge of missing this tournament to rest before the French Open.

But a last-gasp decision to participate paid early dividends as he eased by Jeremy. Murray claimed the first set 6-4, despite Chardy having the initial upper hand with two break points at 3-2.

The second set was far more comfortable for Murray though, as he won it 6-4 to effectively book his spot in the third round. Murray will next face either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or David Goffin in the next round, depending on the outcome of that tie.

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