Andy Murray survived a high quality assault from Radek Stepanek in a fifth set shootout to avoid a shock defeat in the French Open first round.
Murray came within two points of defeat but squeezed thorugh 3-6 3-6 6-3 6-3 7-5 after an almighty scare against the 37 year-old qualifier ranked 129 in the world. By doing so he earned a match against little-known Frenchman Matthias Bourge.
The 29 year-old Scot thus avoided an opening round defeat at a Grand Slam, something that has not happened since the 2008 Australian Open. It would also have been the first time since the French Open ten years ago that other British players have lasted longer than him in a Major.