Andy Murray vs Martin Klizan
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 23:15
My prediction before Del Potro's injury was for Del Potro to win because I think Murray has been searching for form but now I have to believe Murray is physically stronger than his opponent and ready to play better.
It was a similar story in the third set with both players pummelling each other until Wawrinka broke Dolgopolov a second time to clinch victory and deny the world number 89 his first third round spot in Paris since 2011.
The Scot, who beat Del Potro to win Olympic gold last summer, was determined to send a message of positivity, saying: "I definitely feel like I'm capable of winning that match". They send down five aces and converted five break point. Former US Open champion Del Potro is no stranger to injury, with the 28-year-old appearing at Roland Garros for the first since 2012 after being pushed to the brink of retirement. If you look at the matches that he's lost, I think he's played Novak (Djokovic) a few times. "I don't know anyone who likes to play that kind of player". I still don't think Del Potro is the player that he once was a few years ago - his two-handed backhand is not almost as unsafe as what is was and that gives Murray a slight advantage. "So hopefully I will keep improving in the next one".
But Del Potro avenged that defeat as he rallied from behind to overcome Murray in a five-set epic in last year's Davis Cup semi-finals, with Argentina going on to secure their maiden title. "It was tough. I told him that tennis is important, but health matters more than tennis in this case".
"I expected it to be very tough because he goes for huge shots", Murray added. "Andy is one of the favourites to win this tournament".
It's been a disappointing year to date for the top-seeded Brit, who'll have to be on top of his game against Argentine hard-hitter Del Potro.
"I saw in some of the videos he had his calf pretty heavily strapped so I don't know if that was something he went into the match with or not".
Kyrgios at it again An angry Nick Kyrgios was knocked out of the French Open on Thursday, going down 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2 to South African Kevin Anderson in the third round. "So that was very positive for me with a lot of the issues I've had this year, to come through a match like that in the heat is very positive". For a while I feel like I've been hitting the ball as well as I've ever hit it in my career.