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Murray battles through in Barcelona

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BARCELONA, Apr 24 (Reuters) Andy Murray won his first match in more than six weeks today when he beat Spanish wildcard Marcel Granollers-Pujol 4-6 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of the Barcelona Open.

The 18-year-old Briton, ranked 43rd, trailed the world number 291 by a set and a break but he rallied to win the second set.

With Granollers-Pujol struggling with cramp in both legs, Murray eased through the third set to set up a clash with fifth seed David Ferrer.

Russian seeds Igor Andreev and Dmitriy Tursunov both went out on the opening day.

Andreev, seeded 11th, was beaten 4-6 7-6 7-6 by fellow Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, while 14th seed Tursunov was ousted 4-6 6-0 6-3 by Spanish wildcard Carlos Cuadrado.

Frenchman Gael Monfils beat Stefano Galvani of Italy 6-2 7-5.

REUTERS PDS KP2103

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