Murray downs Del Potro, French women feud
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 7:02
This was the 30 year-old Scot close to his smartest and toughest, and he was left awaiting the victor between giant American John Isner and 21 year-old Russian Karen Khachanov, reckoned to be one of the game's best prospects. Indian fans can look forward to Purav Raja and Divij Sharan's men's doubles third round match.
A distraught Del Potro slumped on the net post for most of the changeover, pausing only to smack down his racquet in anger before moments later dropping serve at the start of the second set.
"I couldn't believe that set, that I lost that set, because I had many opportunities to win", said del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion. Del Potro had four set points in total and double-faulted at 7-6 up in the tie-breaker.
Later, del Potro got anti-inflammatory pills from a doctor to help with a bothersome groin muscle, although he said his biggest issue was Murray.
Simona Halep pulled through against young pretender Daria Kasatkina, winning 6-0, 7-5 after at first threatening to dismantle the 20-year-old Russian.
Zheng, in partnership with Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, had to come back from one set down to beat Abigail Spears and Katarina Srebotnik 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Murray seized his lifeline, a 4th ace giving him a two-set lead.
Murray clinched the Rio Olympic Games gold medal with a four-set victory over the 29th-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro in the final, and recorded 6-3 in their previous nine meetings.
Andy Murray has struggled to maintain momentum from his 2016 run to world No. 1, but he may be heating up just in time for the most important part of the season. "He is one of the smartest guys on the circuit".
Croatia's Marin Cilic also won in three sets while Britain's Kyle Edmund was beaten 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in an epic five sets match and Fernando Verdasco won in straight sets. The Spaniard will next meet the victor of the postponed No. 8 Kei Nishikori and Hyeon Chung.
Following Kristina Mladenovic's victory yesterday there are now three French women in the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2008 US Open.
However, that success is overshadowed by a bitter feud between compatriots Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia who will clash for a place in the quarter-finals. His major titles have come on faster surfaces at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, but Murray was the French Open runner-up a year ago.
Garcia, seeded 28, made the 4th round of a Slam for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 win over Taiwan's world number 109 Hsieh Su-Wei.
Murray survived a one-hour and 25-minute first set and eventually prevailed after two hours and 53 minutes.
If you play a guy you don't really know, it's hard to get the right gameplan, so it also helps that I know Juan Martin's game very well. "I wanted to play a bit faster, but I just had the wrong timing".
Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina advanced to the French Open quarterfinals by beating Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.