Andy Murray is facing Martin Klizan on Court Suzanne Lenglen
Laurent Lokoli, a French wild card, refused to shake Klizan’s hand after a first-round defeat in which he accused the Slovak of celebrating when he double-faulted, tanking during the fourth set, and seeming to struggle with injury in order to cause delays at vital moments.
But after a confidence-boosting opening win against Andrey Kuznetsov on Tuesday, Murray is in no mood to allow any sort of gamesmanship to knock him off his stride.
“I’ve never practised with him and I’ve only played him once so I don’t know him particularly well,” Murray admitted. “Faking injury? I’ve no idea. I saw in some of the videos he had his calf pretty heavily strapped. But he obviously did okay to last three hours and 39 minutes.
“It can be tough to keep your focus against such an opponent, but I’ve played well over 800 matches on the tour so I’ve seen pretty much everything.
“There wouldn’t be too much that would surprise me or shock me when I’m out there now. If he’s tanking sets against me, I’m happy with that. Effectively, that’s giving them away.”
Neither Rafa Nadal nor Novak Djokovic was giving any quarter at all yesterday. On Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic led the ovations surrounded by a phalanx of ball boys after beating Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
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It was Nadal’s turn to have the main show court – although not for long. Robin Haase lived with him for just 109 minutes as the irrepressible seven-time winner blasted out a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s cameo on Court Philippe Chatrier was even shorter. Serving to stay in the match after darkness stopped his game at the end of the fourth set, the home favourite lasted just nine minutes before Renzo Olivo broke him to complete his victory.
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It means the world No 91, and not the powerful 12th seed, will face Kyle Edmund today and the Argentinian admitted he had not thought of the second round until he came off the court.
“I found out I was playing against him after my match, so I haven’t been thinking the tactics or anything,” he said.
“I played him once in a challenger in Buenos Aires. He’s a great player, he’s young, and he has a lot of potential – it’s going to be a great match.”
Britain’s only other interest – although he hinted on Monday it might not be for long as he seeks participation in the Olympic Games – is Slovenia-born Aljaz Bedene.
The 27-year-old was given a UK passport in 2015 but was denied participation in the Davis Cup by the ITF, and has moved back to Ljubljana recently to consider his options.