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Andy Murray survives five-set scare against Radek Stepanek

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Andy Murray survived the fright of his life as he came through a gruelling five-setter against the veteran Radek Stepanek to earn his place in the French Open second round.

In a match that started on Monday evening and ended on Tuesday afternoon due to heavy rain in Paris, the British No.1 battled back from two sets down to edge through 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

Fresh from his split with coach Amelie Mauresmo, and just days after admitting to feeling embarrassed by his on-court outbursts, Murray was full of his usual emotion on Court Philippe-Chatrier as Stepanek refused to roll over.

The 37-year-old Czech is the oldest man in the draw and was forced to qualify for the main event in the French capital, but he failed to show his age against the 29-year-old Murray, who goes on to face France's Mathias Bourgue in the next round.

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