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Murray will have to be at his best to beat me: Kuznetsov

 

By Eleanor Crooks

Andrey Kuznetsov expects to have "good chances" to beat Andy Murray in the opening round of the French Open today. The Russian World number 73 will provide the first test of Murray's fragile confidence at Roland Garros after a season of struggle for the World number one.

Murray arrived in Paris having lost back-to-back matches to Borna Coric and Fabio Fognini, and looking a shadow of the player who reached his first final here 12 months ago.

Kuznetsov, meanwhile, has had a good clay season and made the semi-finals of the Geneva Open last week.

The former Wimbledon junior champion said: "I've had a pretty successful last week and I've won a few good matches. I played a tough, tough match against Stan Wawrinka, who is also a very top player.

"I understand, of course, that Andy is the favourite of this match but I think I will have chances, good chances. I think I prepared pretty good for this tournament and I think I'm ready to play good.

"For me it's a good experience to play against a World number one. If I win, I will be a hero. If I lose, nobody will be surprised. Nothing to lose for me."

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