Murray overcomes ‘testing’ windy conditions to sail into third round of Italian Open

London: British Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has overcome testing windy conditions and the absence of a coach to reach the third round at the Italian Open in Rome, which is only his second win of the European clay-court season.

The Scot, who is still looking for his best form and working his way back up the rankings after having slipped to eighth, beat world No.31 Marcel Granollers from Spain 6-2 7-5 in swirling wind at the Foro Italico to claim a much-needed victory.

According to the BBC, Murray, who had faced Granollers at the same stage in Rome last year and was forced to retire after the first set with the back injury that also saw him miss the French Open, will next face Austrian Jurgen Melzer and can set up a quarter-final meeting with top-ranked Rafael Nadal if he wins the match.

Granollers has lost to Murray four times and his only success came when the Scot retired last year, the report added.

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