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ANDY MUR­RAY made a fly­ing start to his clay-court sea­son with a straight­sets thrash­ing of Vik­tor Troicki at the Monte Carlo Mas­ters.

The world No.4 needed just 67 min­utes to set­tle a one-sided sec­ond-round clash, run­ning out a 6-0 6-3 win­ner over the Serb

to set up a meet­ing with ei­ther Julien Ben­neteau or Jur­gen Melzer in the next round.

Mur­ray, who en­joyed his best ever clay sea­son last year, looked in con­fi­dent mood as he raced to the first set in 27 min­utes.

“It was a good start,” said Mur­ray. “Nor­mally it’s taken a few matches to get used to the clay, but to­day I thought I moved well from the start and that is im­por­tant.

“I felt com­fort­able and I used a lot of va­ri­ety in my shots.

“Con­fi­dence is a big thing in ten­nis and I came into the match feel­ing a lot more com­fort­able.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent type of game on the clay – you have to have a lot of pa­tience.

“Some­times you need to play three or four great shots to win points.”

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