Tennis - Murray up and running on grass with victory at Queen's Club

Andy Murray got his preparations for the defence of his Wimbledon crown up and running with a straight sets victory over France's Paul-Henri Mathieu in round two at Queen's Club.

Tennis - Murray up and running on grass with victory at Queen's Club

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Britain's Andy Murray hits a return during his men's singles tennis match against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu at the Queen's Club Championships tennis tournament in west London June 11, 2014 (Reuters)

Murray, who reached the semi-finals of last week's French Open, had been handed a bye in the first round of the grass tournament.

A winner at Queen's three times previously, including last year, the British number one put in a workmanlike performance on Wednesday afternoon, taking victory over his French opponent 6-4, 6-4 in one hour 26 minutes.

It extends his winning run on grass to 19 matches, stretching back to his Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer in 2012.

The result also marked a winning start to his partnership with new coach Amelie Mauresmo after they announced they were to work together for the grass-court season.

"It was a good start; I served pretty well," said Murray, who will now face Radek Stepanek in the last eight on Thursday.

"Both of us moved well, there were some good rallies and it was a good start to the grass-court season."

Queen's singles round two results

1-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) 3-2 (Baghdatis retired)

3-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 6-4 6-4

Kenny De Schepper (France) beat 6-Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) 7-6(3) 7-5

8-Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 7-6(3) 7-6(7)

10-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) 6-3 6-4

Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) beat 11-Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-4 6-4

Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) beat 12-Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 7-6(3) 7-6(3)

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) beat 13-Nicolas Mahut (France) 6-3 1-6 7-6(5)

15-Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) 7-6(4) 7-6(5)

Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Victor Estrella (Dominican Republic) 6-1 6-2

Marinko Matosevic (Australia) beat Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) 7-6(3) 6-3

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