Murray wins easily in Barcelona

Andy Murray easily beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday in

the second round of the Barcelona Open, his first appearance at the

clay-court tournament in four years.

The fourth-ranked Murray broke his Ukrainian opponent three

times and saved both break points he faced to reach the third round

alongside 2010 champion Fernando Verdasco. The ninth-seeded

Spaniard beat Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-3, 6-1.

In the first round, Kevin Anderson of South Africa, Bernard

Tomic of Australia and Albert Ramos of Spain all advanced.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal is set to play his opening match

on Wednesday, after winning the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.

Murray lost in the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.