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Andy Murray got off to a winning start at the Rennes Open Challenger event after receiving a wild card in the second tier competition; two-time Wimbledon champion lost just four games en route to victory over German Yannick Maden

Last update: 09/13/21 8:59 PM

Andy Murray sealed a comfortable opening win at the Rennes Open Challenger event on Monday (Pete Staples / USTA)

Andy Murray took a comfortable first round victory over Germany’s Yannick Maden in the Open Challenger in Rennes on Monday.

The three-time Grand Slam winner, a wild card in second tier competition and the fifth seed, beat Maden 6-3 6-1 in one hour and 12 minutes.

After being shattered on his second set of service, Murray immediately fell back, then smashed Maden again on the eighth game en route to winning the first set.

The 34-year-old Briton also beat his opponent in the opener of the second set, winning nine out of 10 games to seal his passage to the next round.

Murray will play the winner of the match between French qualifier Manuel Guinard and Russian Roman Safiullin in the round of 16.

He is the first Grand Slam champion to participate in the tournament, which began in 2006 when it was won by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Richard Gasquet, seed, Gilles Simon and Lucas Pouille also play in the event.

Murray is in action at Rennes following his first-round loss at the US Open to third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in which he pushed the Greek to five sets.

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