Murray bosses Troicki in Monte Carlo
Andy Murray recorded a comfortable victory over Serbian Viktor Troicki to qualify for the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Scot dominated the tie from start to finish, taking just over an hour to see off Troicki in straight sets by 6-0 6-3. Murray was given a bye in the first round and will now face the winner of Julien Benneteau and Jurgen Melzer, who meet on the clay on Wednesday. "It was a good start. Normally it has taken me a few matches to get used to the clay, but today I moved well from the beginning and that's really important for me on this surface," said Murray, whose performance was particularly impressive given that it was his first appearance on the surface this season. The victory extended the British number one's record against Troicki to 5-0, and he made his intentions clear early in the pair's latest meeting, dropping just two points on his way to a 4-0 lead in the first set. He then overcame an improved showing from the world number 30 to win the fifth, before taking the set with the serve. Murray then broke Troicki in the third game of the second set and overcame the spirited Serb with the minimum of fuss. "I haven't had much time on clay to work on things - I will get that in the next five or six weeks before the French Open," added Murray.