Andy Murray battles into third round
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 1:53
The giant Argentine was greatly lauded for his sportsmanship when he embraced and consoled the sobbing, stricken Spaniard courtside. I'm capable of winning that match. With his forehand he can hit winners from anywhere on the court.
It was a very patchy performance from Murray, who started poorly and then got himself into trouble again at the start of the fourth set before mounting a comeback. "Juan Martin is playing a lot better than his ranking". After slamming his water bottle to the clay in frustration, Almagro returned to his chair - and was joined by del Potro, who hung around and offered words of encouragement to the new dad, whose son was born earlier this year.
Murray won gold in Rio but Del Potro avenged that defeat in Davis Cup and went on to win the trophy for Argentina. And now I know his game a lot, but I need to be in good shape and physically be stronger to hold a long match if we play a long match, long rallies.
"He pushed me, he pressed me and I had to stay concentrated", said Wawrinka.
A heartwarming scene took place during the French Open on Thursday when world No. 29 Juan Del Potro put competition to the side to help an opponent.
"And sometimes the heart is first, (before) the tennis match or the tennis life". Almagro lost the first set 0-6, came back to win the second 6-3, but when the score was 1-1 in the third set, he retired.
Del Potro, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since he was a 2012 quarterfinalist, grimaced and grabbed his right thigh after sliding to his right during the first set.
Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka is also through after dispatching Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets but Tomas Berdych is out following his 7-5 6-4 6-4 loss to Karen Khachanov.
Unseeded 21-year-old Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation continued his impressive debut, beating Czech 13th seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist seven years ago, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.
South Korea's Hyeon Chung earned a tilt at Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori with a 6-1 7-5 6-1 victory over Denis Istomin.
The 94th-ranked Pole converted all six of her break points and will next face either fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina or Tsvetana Pironkova.
He continued that momentum into an equally blistering third set and it appeared to all as if the three-time grand slam victor would wrap up a comfortable victory.
But nerves got the better of the Slovakian when he served for the first set at 5-4, missing one attempted drop shot so badly it failed to reach the net.