Andy Murray vs. Facundo Arguello: Score and Reaction from 2015 French Open

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2015

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his Men's Singles match against  Facundo Arguello of Argentina on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The No. 3 seed at the French Open will always be expected to cruise through his first-round matchup. 

Andy Murray didn't disappoint. 

The star player and one of the few men perhaps capable of ending Rafael Nadal's reign of terror in France opened his tournament with an easy-as-you-like 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Facundo Arguello.

Murray was pretty clinical in this one, hitting 21 winners, converting six of eight break-point opportunities and winning 14 of his 16 net approaches, per RolandGarros.comArguello didn't exactly do himself any favors, finishing with 40 unforced errors. 

Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated went so far as to compare Murray to a world-famous dance instructor given his smooth performance:

Jon Wertheim @jon_wertheim

Moving gracefully on his new favorite surface, Andy Murray looks like Arthur murray today ....

Indeed, the clay has been kind to Murray this year, as Roland Garros noted on Twitter:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

With 6-3 6-3 6-1 win over Arguello, World No.3 @andy_murray is now an incredible 11-0 on clay in 2015. #RG15 http://t.co/NorcJrZTbv

Murray also provided some fodder for the highlight reel, including this brilliant point, per NBC Sports on Twitter:

NBC Sports @NBCSports

A point from Andy Murray doesn't get any better than this! Presented by @MBUSA #BestoftheFrench http://t.co/lqO6TMYEv4

Afterward, however, Murray seemed more relieved than anything else, per Kheredine Idessane of BBC Scotland:

BBCKheredine @BBCKheredine

.@andy_murray admits he was nervous today coming onto the Chatrier centre court, and is glad to get thru the first match

Perhaps that is to be expected.

Murray isn't going to be praised for winning an early-round match, but he'll be absolutely crushed for losing one. And given his fine form during the clay season, expectations are sky-high for him at this tournament. This is the year he'll be expected to finally advance past the semifinals, which he reached in 2011 and 2014 at this tournament, though the final—or a victory at Roland Garros—remains elusive.

Of course, up next is a matchup between the winner of Vasek Pospisil and Joao Sousa, with the dangerous Nick Kyrgios possibly awaiting in the third round. So worrying about the final is a long way off. 

But for Murray, anything less than bettering his previous semifinal appearances would feel like a disappointment.   


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