Andy Murray praises "extremely aggressive" Andrey Golubev

British player Andy Murray leaves after the men's singles third round tennis match against Colombian player Santiago Giraldo at the Madrid Masters at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid on May 8, 2014
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Great Britain's Andy Murray says that Andrey Golubev played "extremely aggressive" tennis during their first-round match at the French Open.

Andy Murray has described Andrey Golubev as a "tough player" and "extremely aggressive" following his four-set victory over the Kazakh player in the first round of the French Open this afternoon.

The Wimbledon champion, who missed the Roland Garros event with a back injury in 2013, beat the world number 53 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3 earlier today.

The Scot told Sky Sports News: "He's a tough player. He's extremely aggressive, he puts you on the back foot very early.

"I tried to be patient. It was quite windy, especially at the start. I didn't go for my shots too much and finally got the win.

"Last year was tough for me, I didn't get to play much [on clay]. It was very tough watching Roland Garros on TV. I've tried to improve my movement, get a little bit more top spin on my shots."

Murray will face Australia's Marinko Matosevic in the second round later this week.

Andy Murray celebrates victory over Go Soeda in their first round match of the Australian Open on January 14, 2014
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