"It's coming right on time for Murray", says Wilander
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 11:10
Three men's singles third-round matches were halted in progress: No. 8 Kei Nishikori leads Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3; Karen Khachanov leads No. 21 John Isner 7-6 (1); and No. 15 Gael Monfils leads No. 24 Richard Gasquet 6-5.
Del Potro, who beat Murray the last time they met at the Davis Cup in September a year ago, was struggling with a groin injury sustained in his last match but broke serve just three games in to take a 3-1 lead.
Murray had suffered physical concerns of his own earlier this year-an elbow injury and a bout of shingles-but del Potro also talked this week of a small groin injury, though his early finish against the injured Nicolas Almagro may have helped his cause.
"Murray's accuracy on his serve got better, particularly on the AD side he targeted Del Potro's backhand", said Petchey.
"Whoever won that first set had big momentum", said Murray after winning 7-6 7-5 6-0. This is one of the most important tournaments and I had great memories from previous year.
The left-hander blasted 31 winners as he took just 93 minutes to dismiss Uruguayan 22nd seed Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-2 6-3.
"I played a good match and am disappointed to lose", said Edmund. "I couldn't believe I lost that set". "But this happens when you play against the No. 1 in the world or a great champion as Andy, you never know when you can win a set or a match".
He played really good tennis in the last couple of sets and will feel very happy that he managed to impose his tennis on Del Potro.
Seventh seed Marin Cilic established himself as a contender for the French Open title after sweeping past Feliciano Lopez 6-1 6-3 6-3 on Saturday to reach the last 16 without dropping a set. He has made it to the fourth round for the eighth time in 10 appearances at the clay-court tournament.
"I didn't come here with the mindset that I'm definitely going to go a long way here". I think that was the reality of it today was there was a few points here and there.
Tired del Potro, who had already summoned the doctor early in the second set, can leave Paris with his head held high after returning to Roland Garros for the first time in five years, following a series of wrist injuries.
"But still, Murray fought well in the second - it often isn't how you are hitting the ball, it is the quality of your fight - and then in the third he thought, OK you try to stay with me now". I'm working things out whilst I'm playing the matches. I can run, I can slide everywhere.
The 2016 finalist was forced to dig deep in a marathon first set as he battled back from an early break and fended off four set points to win in a tie-breaker after one hour and 25 minutes.
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.
Pliskova faces Germany's Carina Witthoeft and Halep plays No. 26 Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation.