Murray Enters Pre-Quarters After Del Potro Misses A Great Opportunity
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 6:20
"I have been playing great, great points during the whole first set", said Del Potro. "He had chances in the first set, he double faulted on set point".
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For all of the tumult in the French Open women's draw and the unfamiliar names filling the quarterfinal slots, the men's tournament has been much more about the usual suspects: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and, of course, Rafael Nadal. While Murray has won three Grand Slam titles, it's the unseeded Khachanov's first appearance at Roland Garros and only his third at a major. It was a rematch of the 2016 Rio Olympics gold-medal final won by Murray.
After the almost 3-hour tussle in a rematch of the 2016 Rio Olympics final he won, Murray declared the last two sets "definitely" the best he's played on clay this season.
This time Murray would make no mistake and crunched it out with his fourth ace of the match.
"I couldn't believe that set, that I lost that set, because I had many opportunities to win", del Potro said.
Murray, who has now defeated Del Potro seven times in 10 meetings, admitted the key to victory was to keep his opponent moving and guessing.
He might have been 3-0 down in the second set but fought to limit Murray's advantage to one break and then got his reward when he levelled at 5-5.
He maintained the advantage throughout a high-quality set, only to be broken at 5-4 after failing to convert a set point. The next came at 5-4, but he netted a backhand, then double-faulted to grant a break point that Murray claimed with a forehand victor.
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Del Potro ended a dizzying 16-minute tiebreak narrowly missing the line with a forehand drive. He did so without hesitation and a deeply disconsolate del Potro leaned on the net for several moments staring at the mark and reflecting on a riveting 85-minute set that slipped away.
Explaining his reaction, Del Potro said: "Too much frustration".
Murray, who finished a total of 44 winners and converted 6 of 17 break points, prevailed in the following two sets with 7-5, 6-0.
"But definitely during the clay court season, the second and third sets were the best I have played for sure". Whoever won that set had momentum.
Wawrinka will be taking on Marin Cilic, the seventh seed, in the next round.
Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco continued his impressive run through the field taking down another seed.
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.
She will now face Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals after the number 21 seed claimed a 6-4, 6-4 win over Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation.