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French Open 2016: Andy Murray v Ivo Karlovic – live!

No player has been in better form on clay than Andy Murray in the past 12 months, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and the sorely missed Roger Federer. On a surface he used to view with suspicion that bordered on despair rather than contempt, Murray used to move as smoothly as a Manchester United managerial appointment. But he has found his feet on the dirt, winning titles in Munich, Madrid and Rome, beating Nadal and Djokovic, securing the Davis Cup for Great Britain by defeating Belgium on the clay almost single-handedly (he had some help from big brother Jamie in the doubles).

All of which meant that he arrived in Paris strongly favoured to win the French Open for the first time, the second favourite behind Djokovic. You can make excellent arguments for defending champion Stan Wawrinka and nine-time champion Nadal as well but Murray’s recent form on clay cannot be ignored.

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