Andy Murray downs Del Potro, French women in grudge match

Hazel Gray
June 4, 2017

"To play him this early on in a slam is obviously not easy", mused Murray in his post-match press conference. Almagro was forced to retire after splitting the first two sets against Potro and was sobbing uncontrollably when he was forced to retire.

They each had a significant win past year with Murray taking gold at the Rio Olympics final and Del Potro edging a five-set thriller when Argentina beat Britain in the Davis Cup semifinals.

Nishikori leads Chung 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3; Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation leads No. 21 John Isner of the United States 7-6 (1); and No. 15 Monfils leads No. 24 Gasquet 6-5. "It's irrelevant. What's relevant is what happens, you know, during the points".

The match hinged on a first set that was so tight that in the end it took a split decision from two of the officials before it could finally be given to Murray.

Del Potro, whose career has been blighted by a recurring wrist injury, needed a good start against the world No.1 but when he lost a tight first set tiebreak, the stage was set. "He had chances in the first set, he double faulted on set point". He is a real No. 1, ? the 28-year-old added.

Del Potro was quickly a break down in the second set.

He maintained the advantage throughout a high-quality set, only to be broken at 5-4 after failing to convert a set point.

Murray seized his lifeline, a fourth ace giving him a two-set lead. Even if I won the first set 6-0, I knew the second one was going to be tougher.

Top-ranked Andy Murray takes on familiar rival Juan Martin del Potro in remaining third-round play at the French Open on Saturday. "He is one of the smartest guys on the circuit".

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Top seed Andy Murray eased into the last 16 of the French Open 7-6 (10-8), 7-5, 6-0 yesterday, against a flagging Juan Martin del Potro.

Former US Open champion Marin Cilic continued his smooth progress seeing off Feliciano Lopez, who was limited by a neck injury, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

Croatian seventh seed Cilic will next meet South Africa's Kevin Anderson who matched his best run with a five-set win over Britain's Kyle Edmund.

Romanian third seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep sealed her place in the fourth round with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Russia's Daria Kasatkina.

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also got through with a much quicker 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 win against No. 22 Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.

'Maybe I didn't start the best, but made some adjustments, made some changes in the match tactically, ' he said.

Richard Gasquet was playing French compatriot Gael Monfils on Court Philippe Chatrier and Kei Nishikori was taking on Hyeon Chung on Court 1.

In a nice feat for hosts France, three of its women have made it to the last 16 for the first time in 23 years.

UPSET ALERT: Cornet sent ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska packing with a 6-2 6-1 spanking - the win just her second over the Pole in nine meetings and the first since 2006. Murray, 30, kept his nose in front throughout, while the giant Argentinian was unable to reprise the heroics that saw the pair produce such magic in last year's Rio Olympics gold medal match. "I think we are going to see a lot more of her", Wozniacki said. Garcia fell out with her teammates after severing her successful doubles relationship with Kiki Mladenovic, before pulling out of Fed Cup duty in April.

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