Murray runs rings around Chardy to advance in Rome

Wed May 13, 2015 5:53pm EDT
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ROME (Reuters) - Andy Murray is more afraid of losing his wedding ring than a tennis match these days but that did not stop him from storming to a 10th successive win on clay at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.

Fresh from winning back-to-back titles in Munich and Madrid, Murray was once seen sporting his wedding ring tied around his shoelaces as he beat France's Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-3.

"I won't lose it if it's tied to my shoelace," Murray told Sky Sport Italia. "As soon as the match is over I put it back on.

"If I'd keep it in my bag I'd have lost it already.

Murray, who married Kim Sears last month, faced two break points in the sixth game of the opening set as Chardy tried to create another early upset after knocking out Roger Federer in the same round here 12 months ago.

But Murray held on to breeze through the rest of the match by outfoxing Chardy with his touch, powerful serve and backhand dropshots.

"I felt a little tired at the start but my condition got better as the match went on," added Murray, who had never won a claycourt title until his recent golden run.

"I'm a little surprised with my clay results. I hope to keep it up (my form) until Roland Garros."

Murray will play Belgian David Goffin in the next round, after he saved three match points against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before coming through 6-2 4-6 7-5.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after beating Jeremy Chardy of France in their second round match at the Rome Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, May 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Max Rossi