Murray strolls past Troicki

2012-04-17 14:00

Monaco - Andy Murray sprang to life on Tuesday as the Scot began his clay-court season with a 6-0, 6-3 hammering of Serb Viktor Troicki to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Under the watchful eye of coach Ivan Lendl, the third seed was ruthless in his demolition of Troicki, who gave him a brief fright on clay at last year's French Open.

"The goal is Paris, that's what we are working on now," said Murray, who broke five times on his way to victory.

"Usually it takes me a few matches to get comfortable on clay. Today was a really good start."

Murray showed poise as he put behind him his loss at the Miami Masters just over a fortnight ago to Novak Djokovic, the Serbian who is top seed in the principality.

Defeat put Troicki deeper into a hole against elite opponents - he has now lost his last 24 matches against top 10 players.

Murray dominated from the start, breaking in the opening game and allowing the 30th-ranked Troicki just three points in the first four games of the rout. At one point, the Scot won 14 consecutive points.

Murray polished off the opening set in less than half an hour and got off a flyer with an early break in the second set.

He boasts a perfect record in five career meetings with Troicki and now moves into a third round match against either Frenchman Julien Benneteau or Austrian 15th seed Jurgen Melzer.

Murray, who reached the semi-finals a year ago before losing to Rafael Nadal, improved to 18-4 for the season as he began the run to Roland Garros.

In first-round action, Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan upset German 14th seed Florian Mayer 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 while Fabio Fognini, one of six Italians on court on the day, knocked out Michael Llodra of France 7-5, 6-3.

Italy's Filippo Volandri dispatched inexperienced compatriot Alessandro Giannessi 7-5, 6-3 and Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci beat South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

Results from the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday (seedings in parentheses):


First Round

Fabio Fognini, Italy, def. Michael Llodra, France, 7-5, 6-3.
Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil, def. Kevin Anderson, South Africa, 6-4, 6-4.
Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Florian Mayer (14), Germany, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Filippo Volandri, Italy, def. Alessandro Giannessi, Italy, 7-5, 6-3.
Andreas Seppi, Italy, def. Victor Hanescu, Romania, 6-3, 6-1.
Frederico Gil, Portugal, def. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, 6-1, 6-3.
Potito Starace, Italy, def. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina, 4-2, retired.
Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, def. Feliciano Lopez (10), Spain, 6-1, 6-4
Robin Haase, Netherlands, def. Juan Monaco (11), Argentina, 7-5, 0-6, 2-3, retired.
Kei Nishikori (12), Japan, def. Albert Ramos, Spain, 6-2, 7-5.
Pablo Andujar, Spain, def. Federico Delbonis, Argentina, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Marin Cilic, Croatia, def. Simone Bolelli, Italy, 6-3, 6-4.

Second Round

Andy Murray (3), Britain, def. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 6-0, 6-3.
Fernando Verdasco (13), Spain, def. Ivan Dodig, Croatia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4), France, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 6-2, 6-4.