Murray Downs Del Potro in blockbuster match
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 4:35
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Croatian qualifier Petra Martic upset 17th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the French Open.
Halep next meets fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
Wozniacki, the 11th-seeded Dane, advanced to the final eight after beating American teen CiCi Bellis 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
Teenager Jelena Ostapenko is the first woman from Latvia to make it to the French Open quarterfinals in the professional era.
Asked how he felt about the fans' response to his forehands, del Potro joked: "I like (it) a lot. He is a real No. 1". "I managed to push her back".
"I think the crowd is going to be excited", Cornet said. She's always a very tough opponent. "I like that about her".
Rain reportedly forced five third-round singles matches set for Saturday to be delayed, which means the fourth-round roster is not yet set.
But under a cloud-filled sky at Court Philippe Chatrier, Murray was looking more and more like the top-ranked player that he is.
Murray will next meet the victor of No. 21 John Isner vs. Karen Khachanov, who were rained out after the Russian won the first set. The 2015 champion won the tiebreak 7-2, before going on to win 6-0, 6-2 in two sets to follow.
"I'm happy with how the match was today". "I started playing much quicker".
Wawrinka will next play the victor of the match between Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet.
He maintained the advantage throughout a high-quality set, only to be broken at 5-4 after failing to convert a set point. My service was not hurting him as much anymore later into the game.
I guess if they were on their phones or looking completely disinterested, or cracking up and having a laugh up there, I would probably find it a bit hard to concentrate. Wawrinka had only a bit more trouble, eliminating the last Frenchman, No. 15 Gael Monfils, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-2.
Play was suspended on Friday because of darkness with Bellis leading 5-2 in the second set and serving to level the match.
"I think that the relationship is not very good", said 27-year-old Cornet.
Del Potro wasted four set points in the opening set - including one off a double fault - before Murray went on to claim a 7-6 (10/8), 7-5, 6-0 victory to reach the fourth round. It was a rematch of the 2016 Rio Olympics gold-medal final won by Murray.
Murray believes the victory, secured in just under three hours, arrived at just the right time in the French capital.
Murray needed almost three hours to get past the 29th-seeded del Potro at Court Philippe Chatrier under a cloud-filled sky.
Meanwhile, defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6, 6-1, 6-3 to set up a quarter-final with against Austria's Dominic Thiem.
Murray failed to serve out the second set at the first time of asking but after immediately breaking the Argentine again, he moved closer to the last 16.
"Well, now, it's pretty OK", Halep said about her ankle.
"It was a really great first set and I'm really pleased with how I battled", said Wawrinka, who was aided by a Fognini knee injury.