Andy Murray started his campaign for a fourth consecutive ATP Tour title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy.
After an injury niggle in Basel last week, it was hard to predict the level of tennis that Murray was going to produce, but he answered any questions with aplomb, particularly in the first set. Given the temperamental nature of his opponent, the Briton tightened up his game, and it took four games before Murray made his first unforced error, a remarkable statistic.
The courts at Bercy have received a fair dose of criticism over the weekend due to their slow pace. However, it was evident early on that Murray was benefiting from this, as his mercurial French counterpart failed to show any real consistency with his groundstrokes.
Chardy, buoyed by the vibrant home crowd, showed more candour in the second set. Bercy has been a fecund land for emerging French talent over the last few years, and at times, this match had a Davis Cup feel to it. Murray though, loves that sort of electric atmosphere, and he played the villain well enough to stay ahead of Chardy, and win his seventeenth match in a row, subsequently extending his head-to-head over Chardy to 4-0.
Next up is a mouthwatering clash with Andy Roddick.