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Murray feels confident heading into the clay season, having also reached the semifinals at the Rome Masters and the French Open.

“Last year, throughout pretty much all the clay-court season, I felt way better (than previous years). It wasn’t just the French Open. It started here, I had a very good run,” Murray said. “It was character-building in a way, because I started playing well again after struggling in Miami, and I had my problem in my elbow and couldn’t play for a week.”

No. 4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns to the Country Club a week after France’s 3-2 loss to the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. He lost to big-serving American John Isner.

Federer and Isner are not playing in the tournament.

Meanwhile, there were comfortable wins for Troicki and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in the first round on Sunday.

Troicki beat Monaco’s Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-3, 6-1, while Dodig broke countryman Ivan Ljubicic’s serve six times en route to a 6-0, 6-3 win.

It was the last match of the 33-year-old Ljubicic’s career, and he struggled to contain his emotions.

“Tough day for me, I mean, both on the court and off the court. I had my mind everywhere else except on the tennis court,” said Ljubicic, who won 10 titles and rose to a career-high ranking of No. 3 in 2006. “It’s the end of something beautiful for me.”