Murray beats a wobble to mash Potito

BRITISH No1 Andy Murray admitted his relief after battling back from the brink of an upset to reach the third round of the French Open.<br /><br />Having swept to the first set against world No104 Potito Starace, Murray won just three of the following 14 games, losing the second set and going 5-1 in the third.<br /><br />But the Scot rediscovered his touch in time to fight off two set points and claim the third, before wrapping up a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.<br /><br />&ldquo;The most important thing is I found a way to win and I&rsquo;m very happy to be in the next round,&rdquo; said the world No3, who has never progressed beyond the third round at Roland Garros.<br /><br />&ldquo;I managed to turn it around by playing a little bit more aggressive. I just went for my shots. I made him work hard at the end of the third set. I wasn&rsquo;t worrying if it was set point or not for him.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /><br />A rueful Starace said: &ldquo;I had a lot of opportunities. I felt good at 3-6 6-2 5-1, but he played the set points very well.&rdquo;<br /><br />Standing between Murray and a fourth round debut is Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who prevailed in a four-hour marathon against 28th seed Feliciano Lopez. Their match is likely to take place tomorrow.<br /><br />Murray demonstrated his vast improvement on clay by breaking Starace twice in the opening set, before standing off and allowing the Italian to take charge. But third seed Murray, facing a 2-1 deficit, went back on the attack and completed a four-set triumph.<br /><br />Also safely into round three yesterday were defending champion Rafael Nadal, seventh seed Gilles Simon and eighth seed Fernando Verdasco.<br /><br />Women&rsquo;s champion Ana Ivanovic, top seed Dinara Safina, unseeded former Wimbledon winner Maria Sharapova and ninth seed Victoria Azarenka all secured their places in the last 32.