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Murray eases past Mathieu

Salisbury Journal: Andy Murray, pictured left, saw his new partnership with Amelie Mauresmo, right, bear fruit immediately Andy Murray, pictured left, saw his new partnership with Amelie Mauresmo, right, bear fruit immediately

Andy Murray eased into the defence of his Queen's Club Aegon Championships title with a routine straight-sets victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

The reigning Queen's and Wimbledon champion will now face 15th seed Radek Stepanek in the third round, after negotiating his way past Mathieu to win 6-4 6-4.

Murray enjoyed a leisurely first training session with new coach Amelie Mauresmo on Wednesday morning, before the former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion took a watching brief for her new client's straightforward victory.

Murray might have been eclipsed by eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-finals, but Mathieu beat Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first round to set up his clash with Murray.

The 32-year-old current world number two has moved as high as 12 in his career, but was unable to bring that pedigree to bear against Murray.

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