Andy Murray is safely through to week two of the 2015 French Open after beating fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios in round three.
In an entertaining contest on Court Suzanne Lenglen during which his talkative opponent showcased a number of excellent strokes, the British number one's experience and consistency proved decisive as he emerged victorious in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
"It was a tough match because he was going for huge shots," Murray said after the match.
"He was making me play quite far behind the baseline so I was just trying to make as many balls as possible, trying to use some variety, use some slice and higher balls to break up his rhythm and that worked well.
"At the end of the first set he was struggling I think with his elbow, slowed down his serve which is one of his biggest weapons and that helped me. "
Murray's win over Kyrgios, who was due to face Kyle Edmund in round two before the 20-year-old was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a stomach problem, was his 13th in succession on what has traditionally been his least favourite surface.
"It's never easy for me here, clay is a surface I've never felt so comfortable on so all of the matches have been tough but thankfully they haven't been too long so I've conserved some energy.
"Obviously from now on matches are going to get tougher every round and hopefully I can play some good tennis next week."
Despite beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final of the Munich Open and upsetting nine-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal to triumph in Madrid earlier this month, Murray quickly rejected light-hearted claims that he was now becoming something of a specialist on clay.
"I don't think so," he continued. "I need to win a few more matches before that. There's one guy in this tournament who has won it nine times and I've never been to the final.
"I'm trying every year to improve my game on clay, trying to get more consistent and so far this year has been my best tennis on clay but it's going to have to get better if I want to go further in this tournament."