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Andy Murray had to fight a Marcel Granollers comeback and a mini ‘clay storm’ to win his second-round match on Centre court.
The British no.1 and Wimbledon champion beat his Spanish opponent 6-2 7-5 to progress into round three of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia Rome Masters.
With the wind swirling around at Foro Italico Granollers was unfortunate to have to turn his back due to the dust in his eyes as Murray broke in the sixth set at 4-2.
Murray then raced through the eighth game to win the first set.
“I did a pretty good job,” said Murray who turns 27 tomorrow.
“It was hard, hard conditions and you just have to accept that and alter the way you would like to play.
“They are challenging conditions. Depending on what side of the court you are on you have to try to play the wind and use it to your advantage. I thought I did a good job of that, especially in the first set and it wasn’t as bad in the second.”
Granollers, who met Murray at this stage last year and went through when the Brit retired through injury, upped the ante in the second set.
And although he looked like he might be able to force a tiebreak Murray won it to progress.
And he added: “I knew when I was going out there it wasn’t going to be great tennis. In the warm up the conditions where really bad and you had to accept that and not go for too much and not expect to hit the ball clean all the time. I did a pretty good job of that.
“Last year after Monte Carlo I did a lot of work on the court and when I got to Madrid and here I didn’t have much of a break. I was maybe a bit fatigued and my body was not in great shape.
“Sometimes you get things a bit wrong in your preparation and the important thing is to learn from that and do things differently.
“This year I missed Monte Carlo and took a longer break after the Davis Cup so I’m hoping physically I will feel better for it.”
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