Andy Murray in Barcelona victory
British number one tennis player Andy Murray enjoyed a straightforward win in the second round of the Barcelona Open.
After receiving a bye in the first round, the Scot easily dispatched his Ukrainian opponent 6-3, 6-2.
It means Murray will play Robin Haase or Santiago Giraldo in the next round, with the ultimate challenge being to tackle the tournament's top seed and leading clay-court player Rafael Nadal.
The win might have been a low-key one on a day when a football match elsewhere in the city grabbed the headlines, but victories on clay may help bolster the player's confidence as he - like the other leading players - looks to take on the challenge of defeating Nadal on his favourite surface.
Fans keen to see Murray on grass may enjoy corporate hospitality in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in June, where he will defend the title he won last year against challenges from the likes of Jo Wilfried-Tsonga, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Roddick.
By Ted Walker