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19 Jan 2012
ANDY MURRAY V EDOUARD ROGER-VASSELIN LIVE!

Tom will be here soon-ish to guide you through Andy Murray versus Edouard Roger-Vasselin. If you get here before him, here's Kevin Mitchell's preview...

    Andy Murray always does his homework on opponents, but he might be surprised to learn that the Frenchman he meets in the second round of the Australian Open, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, is an anglophile whose favourite surface is grass and whose father was born in London.

    Roger-Vasselin was born in the Paris suburb of Gennevilliers and lives in Boulogne-Billancourt, west of the capital, but was proud to reveal, after getting through the first round when the Belgian Xavier Malisse retired with an injured arm: "My grandmother was totally English, so I used to go to London when I was a kid for Christmas. I love England. My father was brought up in England until he was 15."

    His father, Christophe, hit a peak as a player at Roland Garros in 1983, when he beat Jimmy Connors before losing to the eventual champion, Yannick Noah, in the semi-finals. It would be mischievous to suggest the English "dilution" of Edouard's French connection could have a bearing on match but for the fact of Murray's run of nine recent wins against Frenchmen among 36 in 38 stretching back to his defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round here in 2008. That's an astonishing stat.

Source: guardian.co.uk

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