Andy Murray did not have the start that he would have liked at the French Open 2016. The Scot was tested by Radek Stepanek in a gruelling five-set affair in the first round, where he somehow managed to comeback and clinch the match. Murray will be keen to avoid such a long match, as he prepares to face Frenchman Mathias Bourgue in the second round of Roland Garros at the Philippe-Chatrier Court on Wednesday.
The fact that he came back from two sets down would have given Murray some confidence to play well against Bourgue, who will be cheered by his home fans. The wildcard entrant setup a date with Murray after defeating Jordi Samper-Montana in three sets.
Bourgue must get hold of Murray's first round clash tapes, and see how Stepanek troubled the Scot, who could not get into his rhythm at all. To be fair, Murray was not his normal self against the Czech player. Murray, after his victory over Stepanek, was just happy to live another day in the competition.
"I'm just glad I managed to get through. He's always been extremely difficult to play. I wasn't able to dictate many of the points, I wasn't in a great rhythm, and that's credit to him and the way that he played. I fought extremely hard today and I'll get a chance to play again tomorrow," Sky Sports quoted Murray as saying.
With Murray having underperformed against Stepanek, the Scot will be keen to come up with his best tennis against the Frenchman. A convincing victory is what Murray will look forward to, and gain more confidence as the competition moves ahead.
If Murray plays his normal A-class game, the Frenchman will be helpless, as the former is a dominant player when on-song.
Where to watch live
Andy Murray vs Mathias Bourgue French Open second round fixture is the third match at Phillipe-Chartier Court. The first match on this court will start at 11 a.m local time (2:30 p.m IST, 10 a.m BST, 5 a.m ET).
India viewers can watch the French Open 2016 singles action on Neo Sports and Neo Prime. Audience in the UK can watch 2016 French Open live on ITV or ITV Player, while viewers in rest of Europe can do the same on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.
Fox Sportsand Foxtel Play is the place to be to watch the French Open 2016 live in Australia.
Middle Eastern countries can watch French Open 2016 in BeIN Sports and online onBeIN Sports Connect.
Fox Sportswill broadcast French Open 2016 live in Asian countires.
Listeners across the world can also catch French Open 2016 matches live on Roland Garros Radio.