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Andy Murray beat Radek Stepanek to reach second round of the French Open

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.

Andy Murray eventually beat Radek Stepanek across five sets to reach the second round of the French Open

Murray was pushed all the way by Stepanek, who made sure the Scot had to maintain his best in the fifth set

Stepanek unleashed a forehand shot during his first round French Open clash against Murray 

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